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Ubuntu 18.04.1 Firefox Quantum vmware-view URLs not working

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I've (seemingly) successfully installed the Horizon view client, but when attempting to connect I'm getting an error in firefox - basically the "vmware-view" protocol handler isn't install(ing)?

Anyone got any ideas? I've restarted, uninstalled/reinstalled etc, with no luck.

The URL starts with "vmware-view://"

Error message:

The address wasn’t understood

Firefox doesn’t know how to open this address, because one of the following protocols (vmware-view) isn’t associated with any program or is not allowed in this context.

    You might need to install other software to open this address.

System info:

$ lsb_release -a

No LSB modules are available.

Distributor ID:    Ubuntu

Description:    Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS

Release:    18.04

Codename:    bionic

$ /usr/bin/firefox --version

Mozilla Firefox 61.0.1

$ ls VM* -la

-rwxrwxr-x 1 yaleman yaleman 58198838 Aug 27 14:47 VMware-Horizon-Client-4.8.0-8518891.x64.bundle

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So I've figured out the issue, it seems to come down to how Firefox is handling the URL in the first place. This has been tested with the Horizon 4.8.x and 4.10.x clients and Firefox v64.0. Both are 64bit versions, running on Ubuntu 18.04.1

  1. Download the client from the VMWare Horizon Client for 64-bit Linux
  2. In Firefox, open about:config and click through the warning.
  3. Add a new boolean entry called network.protocol-handler.expose.vmware-view and set the value to false
  4. Create a file called `test.html` somewhere on your computer and put the following in it:
    <html><a href='vmware-view://example.com'>test</a></html>
  5. Open the file in Firefox and click on the link, which should prompt you for a path to open the link.
  6. Select /usr/bin/vmware-view and it should work for future uses! Smiley Happy

I owe a workmate lunch now Smiley Happy

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I have the exact same problem, first had a lot of trouble getting past some python error. Then got the Horizon client .. hurray, but still no luck when i access my companies workspace to get into my VDI. Firefox does not know where to find the software.

Have you found a solution?

regards,

Paul

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So I've figured out the issue, it seems to come down to how Firefox is handling the URL in the first place. This has been tested with the Horizon 4.8.x and 4.10.x clients and Firefox v64.0. Both are 64bit versions, running on Ubuntu 18.04.1

  1. Download the client from the VMWare Horizon Client for 64-bit Linux
  2. In Firefox, open about:config and click through the warning.
  3. Add a new boolean entry called network.protocol-handler.expose.vmware-view and set the value to false
  4. Create a file called `test.html` somewhere on your computer and put the following in it:
    <html><a href='vmware-view://example.com'>test</a></html>
  5. Open the file in Firefox and click on the link, which should prompt you for a path to open the link.
  6. Select /usr/bin/vmware-view and it should work for future uses! Smiley Happy

I owe a workmate lunch now Smiley Happy

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