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:
• File sharing for Mac, PC, iPhone and iPad
• Standards-based SMB, AFP, and WebDAV file services
• Flexible file permissions
• Spotlight searching
• 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
• Speed up the download of software distributed by Apple
• Locally cache apps, books, iTunes U, software updates, and macOS Recovery images
• Accelerate the download of iCloud data, including documents in iCloud Drive and photos.
• Fault-tolerant design with multiserver cache replication and load balancing
• No client configuration required
• Use Xcode to create continuous integration bots that build, analyze, and test on any Mac running macOS Server
• Configure bots to integrate at a specific time, or continually as code is committed to the repository
• Automate testing of macOS and iOS apps, executing on multiple connected iOS devices
• Host your own Git repositories on macOS Server or connect to remote Git or Subversion hosts
• Remotely access detailed integration summaries and nightly builds using the Web interface
• Provide a backup destination for Mac computers on your network
• Monitor which computers have backed up, when they last backed up, and size of backup
• Set limits on the amount of Time Machine storage a user can use
• 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
• Synchronize contacts with Mac, iPad, and iPhone
• Allow multiple users to access and update contacts
• Standards-based CardDAV 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
• 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
• 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 macOS 10.12. Some features require program enrollment. Some features are not available in all countries.
• Integration with Apple School Manager to get Managed Apple ID and class information
• Skip the iMessage & FaceTime Setup Assistant pane in iOS 10
• Skip the Siri Setup Assistant pane in macOS Sierra version 10.12
• Choose default app for audio calls for Contacts, Exchange, and Google accounts
• Set Bluetooth Modification restriction on supervised devices
• Set Apple Music; iCloud Keychain Sync; and Sharing to Notes, Reminders, or LinkedIn restrictions for macOS Sierra version 10.12
• Set new IKEv2 authentication method option or specify IPSec disconnect on idle timeout for VPN
• Restrict Cisco fast lane Quality of Service marking or disable captive network detection for Wi-Fi networks
• Restrict unlocking a Mac using Apple Watch
• Configure IP firewall
• Enhanced control over peer replication
• To improve security, SMB connections now require signing by default.
• AES is now a supported encryption type for Kerberized NFS
• macOS Sierra and Server 5.2 include support for the Xsan 5 file system. Xsan 5 is compatible with the Quantum StorNext 5.3 file system.
• See Xsan Compatibility information before upgrading to Xsan 5.
Most Helpful Reviews
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.
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.
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Dead in the water - Try to update, and my server is now hung up in updating email services, which I don’t use, and there’s no skip or cancel button.
Tedious in many ways - Working with a remote server is like this: Type in your name and password every single time because saving the credentials in the iCloud keychain SIMPLY DOESN’T WORK (and hasn’t in years). Accept the remote server’s certificate every single time because the trust settings NEVER GET STORED. Then connecting to the server takes a very long time, even over ethernet, for no reason. When it doesn’t work, there are no actionable error messages displayed. (All of this is from Sierra to Sierra over several servers and clients, in case someone thinks it’s my specific setup.) This is supposed to be software for professional or at least serious users. It doesn’t need to be made as user-friendly as Messages since it’s not for the general public. I don’t need to be shielded from plain text error messages and progress indicators. Three stars because once I tediously get in, it works okay for the most part.
Can’t create NetInstalls - System Image Utility randomly crashes when creating NetInstall images.
Frustrating - I have to wonder how commited Apple is to this app. A case in point: mail worked acceptably in earlier versions, yet with the 5.2 update my server can no longer receive mail. As is typical with Apple there is no documentation detailing what may have changed in mail with, say, port assignments. Indeed, Apple’s barebones documentation style does little to help those who manage servers. When I at last decided to unistall the package I, of course, found no how-to listed in Google from Apple on the subject. Rather I found an excellent user-made film on the subject uploaded to YouTube. While I’ve seen certain improvements, the package still frustrates in ways it should have overcome before this.
Waste of an upgrade -doesn’t work - Won’t install. Attempted to update from El Capitan [10.11] running OSX Server 3.22… Updated OS X to 10.12.2 and all seemed smooth, then updated OSX Server to 5.2, which is all that’s offered. Getting the following error: “Unable to setup Server: This version of Server does not support upgrading the Server data on this volume. To upgrade your Server data, you will need to install an older version of Server and OS X.” I even tried to do a clean install of Server 5.2 -not caring about losing previous configs… Nope, still says I need to get an old OSX and and old OSX Server. Why is this not in the warnings BEFORE you buy that a clean install is not possible. Also noticed that OS X Server 5.2 needs a minimum of 8GB of memory -I’m only running 4GB… Again, no previous warning for previous version owners. Definitely a wasted $19.99 and I won’t try to buy version 4 at $19.99 just to get version 5.2 to work for another $19.99.