The simplest method to accomplish this is to delete Citrix from your System Preferences Login Items.
If it doesn’t work, you may manually delete Citrix from your root, user, and system libraries’ starting directories.
Make a backup of any files before deleting them to avoid disrupting Citrix operations.
So, if you want to understand how to stop Citrix from automatically launching on your Mac or MacBook, this post is for you.
What Is Citrix?
Let’s make sure everyone is on the same page before we start turning stuff off.
Do you have any experience with Citrix?
If this is the case, proceed following the instructions.
If not, here’s a brief rundown.
Citrix is software developed by Citrix Systems.
Citrix Workspace is the company’s main product.
Citrix Workspace consists of virtual desktops, applications, and file sharing.
You may use the Citrix Workspace App to gain access to these services.
Furthermore, Citrix is frequently used to establish conference phone conversations.
It may also be used for other types of communication, such as online meetings, file sharing, and remote server access.
When you see Citrix on a Mac, it’s usually because it’s collaborating with the Mac’s communication technologies.
What Is Autostart?
When software on your computer begins without your explicit command, this is referred to as autostart.
Many programs start up automatically when you turn on your computer.
That’s what autostart is.
Citrix is frequently included in autostart lists.
I’ll teach you how to delete it from those lists in the next sections.
In this part, all you need to know is that computers may run software automatically when they switch on, assuming they have permission to do so.
How To Stop Citrix Automatic Startup on macOS? (3 Techniques)
Ok. It appears that the moment has come for me to demonstrate how to disable Citrix Autostart.
Before we get started with the step-by-step instructions, there are a few things I want to mention.
First, follow these steps to prevent any third-party software from automatically launching when you boot up your computer or log in to your account.
They are universal procedures.
I’ll use Citrix as an example, but if you want to deactivate something else, simply replace “Citrix” in the instructions below with the name of the product you wish to disable.
Second, I’m going to go through three alternative approaches.
They are purposefully arranged.
The first option makes advantage of your system settings.
It’s really simple, effective in the great majority of situations, and poses virtually no danger.
The second way is a bit more complicated, but it still works quite well. It does, however, carry a little more danger (although still not very much risk).
Third way is the most thorough, and it should be used only after you’ve completed the first two.
It’s still not overly complex, but it does run the danger of causing Citrix issues (or whatever you are trying to disable).
I’ll teach you how to apply the approach properly, but there’s a reason it’s the third and last result you should attempt rather than the first.
With everything out of the way, let’s get started on the steps.
1. System Preferences
This is some excellent, simple material.
You may deactivate startup elements in macOS by changing a setting.
It’s simple, because when you deactivate starting items, they won’t run unless you tell them to.
This is how you do it.
To begin, navigate to the Apple menu (just click on the apple icon on the top left corner of the screen).
You want to select “System Preferences” from that menu.
This will bring up a window.
You’ll see a few options in that box.
You want the one labeled “Users & Groups,” so click on it.
You may notice many accounts in the new window.
Open the one with your account name.
This sends you to a window with a variety of items on it.
You may have seen a padlock in the bottom left corner of the window.
If it appears to be closed, click on it.
It will prompt you to enter your login and password.
Provide those in order to unlock the preferences and make the necessary modifications.
After that, search for a list of applications or apps.
They are classified under the title “Login Items.”
This list comprises every app and program that is launched automatically when you log in to your account on this device.
If Citrix is set to start automatically, it should be in this list.
When you locate Citrix, highlight it by clicking on it.
Then, at the bottom of the list, click the “-” option.
Citrix will be removed off the list, which is what you want.
Let me clarify two aspects of this procedure.
To begin, remove Citrix from the list altogether; otherwise, it will continue to run automatically.
This is a list of authorized login things, thus whatever you can see will execute immediately.
That is why you must use the “-” option to remove Citrix completely from the list.
Second, this procedure does not remove Citrix or harm the program in any way.
This has no effect on how Citrix loads or runs.
All this does is remove it from a list of objects that run automatically when you log in to your computer.
If you remove Citrix from this list, the program will still function, but you will have to manually run it.
It will no longer launch itself.
If you decide you want to change your choice and bring Citrix back to the list, simply click the “+” button.
It’s really that simple.
For these settings to take effect, you may need to log out and back in.
This should be the only step required for Citrix and most other apps.
It will no longer launch automatically.
2. User Library
Unfortunately, there are instances when things on a computer do not operate as they should.
If utilizing the System Preferences doesn’t prevent Citrix from running automatically, you’ll need to take more dramatic measures.
You will browse to your user library for this step.
It’s hidden by default, so I’ll teach you how to make it visible.
To begin, launch Finder on your PC.
When you do, a list of alternatives will appear at the top of your screen.
You want to press the “Go” button.
This will open a drop-down menu with a number of directories to choose from.
It’s worth noting that none of them say “Library.”
Here’s how it works.
You must press the “Option” key on your keyboard.
While you hold that key down, the Library choice will appear in this drop-down menu.
If you let go, it will vanish again.
So, while holding down Option, click on that library.
This will launch the Finder and take you right to your user library (/library).
You should now check for a subdirectory called “startup” in your user library.
This folder will not always be visible, but this is not because it is hidden.
Your computer will not create this folder unless and until it is required to do so.
As a result, it will not be created until a program on the folder wishes to place an item in it.
So, go find the folder.
You’re through with this step if you can’t find it.
There’s nothing to be concerned about.
Open the “startup” folder if you can locate it.
Another set of objects may be found in the starting folder.
These goods may have strange names, and many of them will most likely begin with com.
A name will appear after the “com” (like Apple or Citrix).
These are developer names that might assist you in finding what you’re looking for.
Look for anything with Citrix in the name on the list.
Find every possible entry, and then drag & drop the Citrix item from this user library to your desktop.
By doing so, you remove it from your user library’s starting folder while also backing up those exact files on your desktop.
You’re doing this so that you may reverse these actions later if necessary.
When you drag an item from your user library to your desktop, it usually appears on the desktop and then disappears from the user library.
There are various methods to configure Mac software so that it behaves differently.
It may appear on the desktop and remain in the user library in this situation.
If that’s the case, after backing up all of the Citrix objects in that folder, move them from the startup folder to the trash.
You’re done when there are no more Citrix objects in this startup folder.
You must restart your computer for the modifications to take effect, but Citrix should no longer begin automatically.
Return to the startup folder in your user library to reverse the procedure.
Drag the backup files from your desktop back into the startup folder, and you’re done.
3. Other Libraries
If the first two techniques haven’t successfully switched off Citrix, there is a third option.
Before we begin, please be advised.
We’ll look at the system-level libraries on your machine.
This is the core material that allows the computer to work on the most fundamental levels.
Outside of these instructions, do not tamper with anything.
You can seriously harm your computer’s software.
Furthermore, these measures may cause Citrix to fail.
If this occurs, I’ll teach you how to build and restore backup files (similar to how you did with the user library) so you can correct anything that goes wrong.
Not to fear, as long as you follow the guidelines, this is a safe and reversible process.
Ok. We’ll do the same thing we did with the user library, but this time we’ll travel to the root library and the system library.
In a minute, I’ll show you how to discover each.
Each of these libraries has its own folder in which to run.
You’ll go to that folder and check for anything with Citrix in the name.
You’ll drag them to the desktop to back them up, and they’ll most likely remain in the starting folder.
When you have backed up an item to the desktop, you may drag it from the startup folder to the trash (do not empty the trash merely to have an extra backup).
Once you’ve finished with both starter folders, restart the machine and you should be ready to go.
If you need to undo any changes, return to the startup folders and drag your desktop backups back to their original place in the startup folder.
All of those processes apply to both of the folders I’m about to detail.
Begin with the root library.
Select “Go” from the menu at the top of your screen.
This will open a drop-down menu.
Select “Home” from this menu.
A Finder window with a list of alternatives will appear.
One of them is “Library,” while the other is “System.”
Both of these will be used.
First, navigate to the Library folder.
This will bring up a new set of options, one of which should be your Startup folder.
Follow the instructions I provided above.
Return to the top of the screen and select “Home” once more.
Select “System” in the Finder window.
This brings up a new list of possibilities, one of which says “Library.”
Navigate to the Library folder (this is the System Library).
It has its own Startup directory.
Open the Startup folder and follow the instructions I provided.
That’s all. You may ensure that it worked by restarting the machine.