What is Virtual Lab?

Virtual Lab

Students are no longer confined to physical computers located on campus to access applications that are needed for classes. Applications are now available virtually in the Virtual Lab (VL) through Citrix Technology software that is installed on their device. VL is an on-demand application delivery solution. This solution enables applications to be centralized, virtualized, and instantly delivered as a service to users via any computer or mobile device connected to a network at any location, on or off campus. A VL session provides access to applications, shared files, network and USB printers, and CCI printing. Access to VL is available 24/7.

How it works

Citrix Technology is the driving force behind VL virtualization. Citrix receiver application software is installed on the device, granting direct access via a web browser to a list of University-licensed applications. This approach gives you flexibility and independence in how and where you work.


Access to VL is open to all UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff, and students who have a UNC Onyen.

Client Platforms

The virtual session accesses University-licensed applications using Microsoft, Linux, Unix, iOS, Android or other mobile client platforms.

Web Browsers

Most web browsers can be used in Virtual Lab. However, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox are the web browsers that interface best with the Citrix receiver software and are recommended for use by ITS Labs.


The Onyen is a UNC user logon name. Your Onyen and password are required to authenticate access.

Getting Started

Start your browser and navigate to virtuallab.unc.edu. A connection will be established. The site detects whether the Citrix receiver software has been installed on your device. If the receiver has not been installed, you will be prompted to install it. Click here on Installing Software for further instructions.

Virtual Lab User Guide