macOS Server

Developer: Apple

Current Version: 5.4

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 194 MB - Download


Designed for macOS and iOS devices, macOS Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, develop software, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Mac, iPhone, and iPad devices, remotely access your network, and more.

macOS Server is an application you can add to macOS right from the Mac App Store. Anyone can quickly and easily turn a Mac into a server that’s perfect for home offices, businesses, schools, developers, and hobbyists alike.

Here’s what you’ll get with macOS Server:

Profile Manager
• Mobile device management for Mac and iOS devices
• Simplified management and deployment of iOS and macOS.
• Distribution of institution licensed apps and books purchased from the Volume Purchase Program to users or devices
• Install Software Updates on devices running iOS 10 and mac OS 10.12.
• Device Enrollment Program integration
• Web-based administration console
• Self-service user portal for clearing passcodes, remote lock, and remote wipe

Calendar Server
• Share calendars, schedule meetings and events, and book conference rooms
• Standards-based CalDAV server for access from Mac, iPad, iPhone, and PC
• View availability with free/busy lookups
• Email invitations and push notifications

Contacts Server
• Synchronize contacts with Mac, iPad, and iPhone
• Allow multiple users to access and update contacts
• Standards-based CardDAV server

Wiki Server
• Point-and-click page edit to change formatting and insert images, movies, and attachments
• Access controls
• Tags and comments
• Revision history
• Document sharing
• Quick Look previews

Mail Server
• Standards-based SMTP, IMAP, and POP server
• Push notifications
• SSL encryption
• Adaptive junk mail filtering
• Virus detection and quarantine

Virtual Private Network
• Remote access for your network services
• Encrypted VPN connections for Mac, iPad, iPhone, and PC

• Block-level SAN file sharing with concurrent read/write access
• Xsan volume hosting and configuration
• Volume management, storage pooling, stripping, and volume mapping
• Real-time monitoring, graphs, and event notifications
• Metadata controller failover and file system journaling

Server App
• Local and remote management
• Users and group settings
• View real-time graphs of server usage
• Receive alerts on network changes, certificate expiration, storage usage, and more

Some features require an Apple ID and/or compatible Internet access; additional fees and terms apply. Some features require program enrollment. Some features are not available in all countries.


Release Notes:

What’s New in macOS Server 5.4

Server App
• Caching Server, Time Machine Server, and File Sharing advanced options are now built directly into macOS 

• Caching Server now supports a tiered architecture
• Xcode Server has been integrated into Xcode
• Support for APFS volumes

Profile Manager
Support for new restrictions, payloads, and management commands:

iOS 11

• New supervised-only restriction: Allow VPN creation
• New supervised-only Classroom restrictions to allow managed class behavior for 
unmanaged classes on supervised devices: Force unprompted joining of classes, Force 
unprompted App and Device Lock, Force unprompted Screen Observation and AirPlay
• New supervised-only AirPrint restrictions: Allow AirPrint, require trusted TLS certificates 
for AirPrint, Allow iBeacon discovery of AirPrint printers, Allow AirPrint credentials to be 
stored in keychain
• AirPrint payload now supports specifying a port and whether connection must be TLS
• VPN IKEv2 and Wi-Fi payloads now support specifying TLS min/max version
• New supervised-only payload: DNS Proxy
• Option to preserve data plan when erasing device
• Option to install apps and books on iOS devices only when they are USB tethered with Ethernet
• Software updates can now be installed on all supervised devices even while passcode 
• Skip new Setup Assistant panes: Keyboard chooser and Watch migration 

macOS 10.13 

• New macOS payload: Extensions
• New macOS payload: Smart Card
• New macOS payload: System Migration
• VPN IKEv2 and Wi-Fi payloads now support specifying TLS min/max version
• New macOS MDM commands: User List, Unlock User, Delete User, Shutdown, and 
• New macOS MDM commands and status query for EFI password management
• Option to apply 802.1X configuration to any Ethernet interface
• Option to hide Siri setup screen on first login
• New macOS FileVault key escrow mechanism 

tvOS 11
• New supervised-only restriction: Allow modifying device name
• Wi-Fi payload now supports specifying TLS min/max version
• Now supports Home Screen Layout payload
• New tvOS payload: AirPlay Incoming Security


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 4.0
Review by wsturnage

Excellent Server update - Unlike the previous version of Server that had a flaw in the VPN service, this version appears to work well. I easily re-established my VPN service, the main reason I use Server, and immediately connected from my iPad over the LTE network. In using Server for a couple of days, I can see the stats pages are more visually friendly. All other functions operate as before though there appears to be some under the hood improvement as VPN was extremely fast in responding, especially from my iPad running iOS 8. While it would be nice to have a free upgrade to Server, $19 isn’t an outrageous price to pay for an add-on app to give the average consumer access to this range of server functionality on an everyday Mac.

Found helpful by 87 out of 102 people
Version 4.0
Review by tvguylv

Good thing I had a backup... - I too upgraded to 3.2.2. It worked perfect. It also stated it supported iOS8 and Yosemite. It does not. After the upgrade to Yosemite and $20 later for Server 4.0, half of my users were dead in the water. As the admin my account was corrupted and I could not get any of my passwords to work. Therefore none of my computers / iPads / iPhones / calendars etc. would sync. In short the entire server came crashing down… Used Time Capsule backup to restore… 5 hours late all is good Apple please warn us of fees for software that doesn’t work. This has been an ongoing issue since 10.6. I do not have time to play with these issues everytime there is an update. Now I have server software that I can’t use and need to experiment with the entire system before it goes online again. I need to send Apple an invoice for my time wasted.

Found helpful by 319 out of 391 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 5.4
Review by Adminus73

WTH!? - We bought hardware SPECIFICALLY for the Caching and Time Machine functions. So we updated to 10.13 and updated the Server App. Worst UPGRADE EVER! Got a hold of Apple support for an issue with the SERVER app and the “tech” had never even heard of the SERVER APP FROM APPLE! Apple needs to fix this pile of rubbish STAT!

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people
Version 5.4
Review by MrBieste

Upgrading from 10.6.8 Server to Version 5 was the worst mistake - I give up. The retooled Server function still does not work right. I have tried it several times over the years hoping they finally made it work right. Each time, I end up rolling back to 10.6.8 Server. Luckily, I always keep my old HD as-is so I am back in business in a jiffy. I use the Server for simple File Sharing. Mac and Windows. AFP/SMB. The Mac side works just fine. My macs, 10.10-11-12 could connect to it with no issue. It did seem to struggle with maintaining permission inheritence. All to often I had to go and fix access to a folder created by someone. Where everything falls apart is when connecting from Windows 7/10. It Connects, but then access to files is not consistent. Programs accessing files have issues. It was just horribly problematic. The simple task of adding Excel Data to ArcGIS ArcMap, produced an error most of the time. Simple files would be tediously slow to work with for no reason. It was just horrible. Think of it like a V8 engine with only 2 cylinders working. From what I understand, Server, starting with MacOS 10.7 uses a version of SMB developed by Apple. 10.6.8 used the Open Source standard version. One fix for the latest Server is to install proper SMB on your machine, replacing Apple’s. If I had more time, I might try that. For now, I could not stand to hear my users complain any more. If you are a Mac OS only sort of shop, you will probably be happy. If you have Windows machines, you probably will not be happy. Both of my servers are back to 10.6.8 Server and there they will stay!

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people
Version 5.4
Review by ItsAndyAyala

macOS High Sierra and Server 5.4 - This update has been horrible so far! It was way more convinient to have the Time Machine server, the Caching server, and especially the File Sharing server right in the macOS Server app. Lets not forget the FTP server, Where has that gone to? Why can’t you add the file sharing services to macOS High Sierra, but for those who have the macOS Server app, have it “be controlled by the remote management service” by the server application. Kind of how the screen sharing service is. This would have been a much better feature/update, especially since the moment I updated both my Mac mini to macOS High Sierra and the server app to Server 5.4; my iPhone 8 Plus running iOS 11.0.1 CANNOT connect to my file server! it was working before I updated my Mac mini and the server app. It keeps telling me thet there is an SSL Error and a secure connection to the server cannot be made. EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING! A much better version of server was the one before this one! Can we bring these things back to server!? And where is the FTP service! Also, why can't I log in to the file sharing server from a Windows PC and from my iPhone? So far this has been a horrible update! If you haven’t updated to this version, I suggest you stay away from it!

Found helpful by 54 out of 59 people
Version 5.4
Review by zav

Even worse than before. - Server 5.4 Remote git repo hosting removed. File server admin and headless remote monitoring removed. Xcode server removed. Face, meet palm. THE ONLY THINGS I NEEDED IT TO DO. REMOVED. Worse than garbage. Apple screws us more with each release.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 5.4
Review by sadsadstory

5.4 Is a Farce - Always problematic in terms of Apple’s erratic devlopment of and support for the product through it’s long, difficult history, the removal of file sharing and Time Machine backup administration from macOS Server 5.4 leaves it a sad, strange parody of server administration. The official justification - that these services are now available directly in High Sierra - is particularly bizarre. Servers are generally administered remotely, are often headless, and having to physically access the hardware to administer it is, well… a sad, strange parody of server administration. Apple should kill the product, admit that the company is a consumer electronics vendor, and stop pretending it's interested in enterprise level services at all.

Found helpful by 35 out of 38 people