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Using Turbo on Citrix and RDS

System administrators can use Turbo to quickly deploy applications and custom containerized environments on Citrix, Parallels RAS, Workspot, Windows Remote Desktop Services (RDS), and other remote desktop systems.

Citrix Receiver Applications Side by Side Launched


To get started, you will need to download and install Turbo for Windows for all users on the system.

If users will be streaming the application window rather than the whole desktop, we recommend hiding the Turbo GUI using the --hide-gui flag.

> start /wait turbo-client.exe --all-users --silent --hide-gui
Install Turbo Client for All Users

Adding Applications to the Start Menu

Turbo application desktop integration, including Start Menu, desktop shortcuts, and file associations, can be enabled with the turbo installi command along with the --all-users flag. If you omit the version from the application identifier, then the latest version will be used.

# Sign in to (sign up at
> turbo login 

# Add the latest Firefox ESR browser to the Start Menu
> turbo installi --all-users mozilla/firefox-esr

# Add the latest Google Chrome browser to the Start Menu
> turbo installi --all-users google/chrome

# Add Internet Explorer 8 with Java 6.45 to the Start Menu
> turbo installi --all-users microsoft/ie:8,jre:6.45
Turbo Installi command

The Firefox ESR, Chrome,and IE8 with Java6 applications will appear in the Start Menu of the server.

Applications appear in Start Menu

Adding Applications to the Delivery Platform

Depending on the delivery platform in use, you may also need to add the applications in the delivery system’s administration interface.

In this example, we will add applications to Citrix XenApp using Citrix Studio.

Start Citrix Studio and go to Applications > Add Applications.

Add Applications in Citrix Studio

Select the option to Add applications From Start Menu…

Add Applications from Start Menu

Then select the Firefox ESR, Chrome, and IE8 with Java6 applications.

Select Applications

Click through to Finish to complete the process.

Added Applications in Citrix Studio

Running the Applications

Once added to Citrix Studio users can access the applications from the  Citrix StoreFront website or the Citrix Receiver application.

Citrix Web StoreFront

Click on an application to launch it.

Citrix StoreFront Applications Launched


Citrix Receiver Applications Side by Side

Note that because applications are executed in isolated Turbo container environments, any combination of browsers, plugins, and runtimes can run side-by-side on the same server.

For example, an Internet Explorer 8 with Java 6 environment can run alongside an Internet Explorer 10 with Java 7 environment or another Internet Explorer 8 with Java 7 environment:

Citrix Receiver Applications Side by Side Launched

This allows elimination of Citrix siloing and consolidation of servers to a single version of Citrix using a single base image.

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