ICA file extension refers to files related to Citrix application servers. ICA files are settings files which are necessary for the configuration and communication between a server and a client. The files originate from the programs such as ICA File Editor or Application Configuration.
The letters in the ICA file extension stand for Independent Computer Architecture, which means the file contains information relating to the connection of different servers and the customization of client disks. The file content can also be associated with Image Object Content Architecture which is used across different platforms to allow server image data to be interpreted in the same way throughout the infrastructure. This is particularly useful in virtualized environments and cloud infrastructure systems.
How to Open ICA Files
Because ICA files are related to Citrix which designs servers responsible for delivering software to Windows-based PCs, Macintosh computers, UNIX workstations, and X terminals, ICA files are typically relevant to the programmers who create them. For this reason, if you attempt to open an ICA file using your Windows PC as an example, you may receive a window stating that Windows cannot open this file. If Windows cannot open it, this means you must determine what program created it before you can choose the appropriate application for opening it.
Since ICA files contain server information, this format is typically accessed using a text editing program such as Notepad for Windows or TextEdit for Mac OS X. IT professionals also use Linux and UNIX to open and edit ICA files when working with server configurations.
If you are using Windows, you can open and view an ICA file by right clicking on it and then choosing Open With from the drop-down menu. Click on Notepad in the list on the submenu. If this program is not on the list, then click on Browse in the lower part of the Window to locate the Notepad application. This will open the ICA file, so you can view the contents. You can also use the following programs for Windows to view ICA files: Citrix Online Plugin for Windows, Citrix XenClient, and Citrix ICA File Creator.
For Mac OS X you can open ICA files using Citrix Receiver, Citrix Online Plugin for Mac, and Text Edit. Citrix Receiver can also be used with Linux, iOS, and Android for opening and viewing ICA files. If you experience problems with opening ICA files, you can run a file error checking program to repair extension errors and then attempt to view the ICA file again.