Using RHV Virtual Desktops with the HTML5 Client

Note that the HTML5 client works with Linux virtual desktops but not with Windows virtual desktops.

This procedure has been tested with Google Chrome. Firefox has issues with keyboard input.

  1. Enter the URL into your web browser.
  2. Log into the User Portal with your campus username (NPCUID) and password.
  3. You should see icons for the Virtual Desktops that you have access to. Attach to a virtual desktop with the Up button.
  4. You should see the name over the icon change to include a number (e.g. LinuxLabA-14)
  5. Click once on the Virtual Desktop icon. The border color should change to dark blue.
  6. On the right side of the browser, you should see a section which lists the virtual desktop's Name, Operating System, etc. Near the bottom of this section you should see Console: SPICE.
  7. To the right of Console: SPICE is a link (Edit). Click on this link to bring up the Console Options window.
  8. In the Console Options window, select SPICE HTML5 Browser Client for Console Invocation.
  9. Click on the OK button to close the Console Options window.
  10. Double-click on the Virtual Desktop icon. This should cause the HTML5 client to pop-up in a new browser window or tab. You may have to tell your browser to allow pop-ups from


  • Occasionally, the [Shift] key or the [Alt] key seems to get stuck. If things aren't working properly, try tapping the [Shift] key and/or the [Alt] key.
  • If things still aren't working properly, close the browser window or tab and re-start it by double-clicking on the Virtual Desktop icon.
  • The resolution of the virtual desktop is 1024x768.  If your screen height is 768, you may want to enter Fullscreen mode in Google Chrome by pressing the [F11] key on the keyboard.


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