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Introduction to Citrix

To use Citrix from off-campus, all users are now required to have a VPN account, and use an active VPN connection. On-campus use will remain the same. To request a VPN account, please click on

What is Citrix?

Citrix Workspace (hereafter the Citrix system), a product of Citrix, is a system for running statistical software and managing content virtually from a remote Windows server. In this model, Hamilton College maintains the server that runs the Citrix system, and on which the Windows version of the applications, like SPSS or Stata, has been installed. The Citrix system is also tied to the Academic Server, ESS, and SSS so that Hamilton users can manage the files stored on these servers directly from the applications.

Essentially, Citrix allows Hamilton students, faculty, and staff to open a virtual Windows computer on their personal computers securely from anywhere (on and off-campus; without VPN).

Hamilton's Citrix system is available for two major platforms, macOS and Windows. Note that the Citrix server is based on Windows, meaning that Mac users may need to use Windows keyboard shortcuts (e.g., Ctrl+C instead of Cmd+C) while using the applications. This document summarizes the major differences between Mac and Windows keyboard shortcuts. 

The Citrix system is already set up on the computers in public labs. In order to access Citrix on a personal machine, users will need to 1) install the Citrix Workspace App2) register for Citrix access, and 3) understand file/drive locations. Note that you need to re-register every academic year.

Our Citrix guide is in two formats; documents and videos. Both formats cover the same content. If this is your first time using Citrix, review either of the two formats below to get started. 

Citrix Guide Documents:

  1. Installing the Citrix Workspace App on your personal computer
  2. Registering for Citrix & opening a program
  3. File browsing & drive mapping from Citrix

Citrix Guide Videos: 

Additional Resources:

  1. Citrix FAQ
  2. If you use the color printers on campus, learn more about color printing from Citrix.

Available Programs

As of Fall 2022, the following programs are available through Citrix:

If you would like to request a new program be added to the Citrix server, please contact the Research and Instructional Design team ( Contact the Help Desk (, 315-859-4181, Google Hangouts @hdtier1) if you have any questions about Citrix.

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Last updated: November 2, 2022


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