Citrix Receiver Versions

Submitted by jbredehoeft on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 10:43

As a Citix consultant I spend the vast part of my day working with VDI in one form or another and on one device or another. I especially like my iPad, but I digress. Recently, I was tasked with looking at why some functionality worked for some people and it wasn't present for others. Everyone was supposed to be using the same version. However, discovery revealed that this was not the case and there were different versions. What are the versions?

If you download the Receiver from you will get the "Standard" Citrix Receiver. (as of this writing, it is version Receiver 3.4). There is an Enterprise version, you will have to have a mycitrix logon to get it. Here are two links for it, either should work. This version is also known as the "Receiver for Windows 3.4 (Legacy PNA)"……

It looks like Citrix is trying to push StoreFront to their customers. The "plugin" is packaged into the Citrix Receiver and has been since Plugin version 13. The receiver is just the framework in which plugins (Online, Offline (streamed), SSO (password manager) etc.) are managed by. It used to be confusing between the "Online plugin" and the receiver, so Citrix has just combined then together and forces users to use the Receiver for Windows and make the Online Plugin a default addition. This makes the naming consistent across the board.

Now since version 3.3 there is a prompt asking users for the URL or Email. This prompt is for the Citrix Storefront. It will not accept a PNA web address, or a non-SSL address. It is confusing to users who are using a standard Web Interface to launch their applications! If you try to use this it will fail and you will only end up more frustrated.

Lastly, there is some confusion about which "version" you are using, and it is understandable. If you look at Windows Add/Remove programs the Citrix Receiver version will be 13.4, If you click on About in the Receiver this is version 3.4, and the Online Plugin is version 13.4. They are bundled together.

INSTALLATION NOTES for Enterprise version:
If you do a standard install, you will only have applications in the start menu.
To install it like "the good old days," use the installation string below:
CitrixReceiverEnterprise.exe /silent ADDLOCAL="ICA_Client, SSON, USB, DesktopViewer, Flash, PN_Agent, Vd3d" ENABLE_SSON="Yes"

You can remove SSON, or not enable it.