Horizon desktops and applications can be launched from Workspace ONE in the Horizon Client or a Web browser, based on how the desktop or application has been configured in Horizon. If a desktop or application is only configured for the Horizon Client, users must install the Horizon Client on their systems.

The Horizon HTML Access feature provides Horizon administrators the option of configuring a desktop or application for browsers. This configuration is done in Horizon and no configuration is required in VMware Identity Manager. In Horizon 7, the Allow HTML Access to desktop and applications on this farm setting determines whether users in VMware Identity Manager have the option to launch desktops or applications from that farm in a browser.

VMware Identity Manager supports HTML Access for Horizon 6.1.1 and later.

VMware Identity Manager also supports all the display protocols that Horizon supports for the Horizon Client. For Horizon 7, VMware Identity Manager supports the Blast protocol in addition to PCoIP and RDP for Horizon Client 4.0. When VMware Identity Manager users launch a desktop or application in the Horizon Client, it uses the protocol that is set for the farm in Horizon.

Note: In Horizon, in addition to setting the default display protocol, administrators can specify whether users are allowed to choose a display protocol. If you want to support versions of Horizon Client that do not support the default protocol, allowing users to choose the display protocol is recommended. Otherwise, the application or desktop cannot be launched.

For information about configuring the display protocols and launch options, see the Horizon 7, Horizon 6, or View documentation.

In the VMware Identity Manager console, you can check the launch options that a Horizon desktop or application supports.


  1. Log in to the VMware Identity Manager console.
  2. Click the Catalog > Virtual Apps tab.
  3. To display desktop pools, click Any Application Type > Horizon View Desktops. To display applications, click Any Application Type > Horizon View Applications.
  4. Click the application or desktop.
  5. Click Details on the left.
    The Supported client types field displays the launch options.
    View Application Detials

    The value of the field can be NATIVE or BROWSER, or both. If only NATIVE is listed, the desktop or application can only be launched in the Horizon Client. Users must install the Horizon Client on their systems before starting the application from Workspace ONE. If BROWSER is listed, users can start the application or desktop in a browser. If both are specified, users can select how they want to start the application.

    Note: For Horizon 7 integrations, the Allow HTML Access to desktop and applications on this farm option must be enabled in Horizon 7 for the BROWSER option to appear in the Supported client types list.