The Mac on which you install Horizon Client, and the peripherals it uses, must meet certain system requirements.

Mac models

Any 64-bit Intel-based Mac


At least 2GB of RAM

Operating systems

  • Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11)

  • macOS Sierra (10.12)

  • macOS High Sierra (10.13)

Smart card authentication

See Smart Card Authentication Requirements.

Touch ID authentication

See Touch ID Authentication Requirements.

Connection Server, security server, and View Agent or Horizon Agent

Latest maintenance release of Horizon 6 version 6.x and later releases.

If client systems connect from outside the corporate firewall, VMware recommends that you use a security server or Unified Access Gateway appliance so that client systems do not require a VPN connection.

Display protocols

  • PCoIP

  • RDP

  • VMware Blast (requires Horizon Agent 7.0 or later)

Software requirements for RDP

Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac from Microsoft, versions 2.0 through 2.1.1. You can download this client from the Microsoft Web site.


Horizon Client for Mac does not work with Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0 and later releases.