Use Skype with microphone in your Citrix Receiver session on Linux

Today I wanted to join a meeting but I was unable to be heard.
I’m connected to a Windows desktop via Citrix Receiver, I’m connecting from an Ubuntu Linux host.
Looking at the sound settings in my windows desktop, I saw that there was no recording device. So not being able to send sound makes sense then.
To enable input sound, add the following line to the WFClient section in your personal ICA settings file:
 
~/.ICAClient/wfclient.ini

[...]
[WFClient]
AllowAudioInput=True
[...]

Next, log off and log back into to your windows desktop and check the recording tab on the Sound settings, there a recording device now.
2018-08-31 08:20:43 screenshot
That should do the trick.

6 Replies to “Use Skype with microphone in your Citrix Receiver session on Linux”

    1. The trick would be to use USB pass through.

      Depending on your organization, they can allow or deny it, which overrules the setting on the client. The standard setting on the client is that all devices are allowed. So if your webcam is not detected than it is probably your organization which does not allow USB pass through.

      For more information about USB redirection in general, look at this page; Citrix – Configure USB redirection

    1. Hi Divya, similar to my earlier comment;

      Depending on your organization, they can allow or deny it, which overrules the setting on the client. The standard setting on the client is that all devices are allowed. So if your webcam is not detected than it is probably your organization which does not allow USB pass through.

  1. Hello,

    thanks for the tip. It works pretty well, but I still have a pretty bad sound quality.
    Any advice ?

    Best regards,

    1. Yeah, it can be flaky. You’re using audio over a remote desktop so it will not be as good as directly from your own machine.
      I had troubles using bluetooth headphones, they added latency. When I started using cabled headphones with inline mic my sound improved (the old ones, with the jack, like those which you get for free with a new phone)
      Other than that, try to not utilize your internet connection 100%, that will impact any sound connection, regardless of remote desktop or directly..

      Hope this helps Simon, I know it’s important during these times to be able to communicate smoothly. Good luck 🙂

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