macOS Server

Developer: Apple

Current Version: 5.3.1

Last Updated: 1 month ago

Download Size: 197.6 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:

File Sharing
• File sharing for Mac, PC, iPhone and iPad
• Standards-based SMB, AFP, and WebDAV file services
• Flexible file permissions
• Spotlight searching

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

Caching Server
• 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

Xcode Server
• 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

Time Machine
• 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

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 macOS 10.12. Some features require program enrollment. Some features are not available in all countries.


Release Notes:

• Fixes issues with VPP app assignment in Profile Manager


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 5.3.1
Review by zav

Pure garbage. Won’t even install. - Updated to latest Mac OS, 10.12.5. Downloaded latest Mac OS Server 5.3.1. Launched it to install. Will not complete install. Stuck at “Preparing Wiki service”. Logs show several obscure errors that no one anywhere has insight into. Have wasted an entire day trying to simply get the app to INSTALL. wikiadmin updateSchema’ [31mError: Failed to start PGCServer File "/Applications/", line 2618, in os._exit(exitCode[0]) TypeError: an integer is required createuser: could not connect to database postgres: could not connect to server: No such file or directory Is the server running locally and accepting This is all I get and it’s in the logs. The app just sits there after trying xpg_ctl 3 times. Utterly useless. Worse than useless. I am so old that I remember when Apple’s motto for everything was, “It just works.” Well now, it just hangs on install and it just doesn’t. How this product ships is beyond me. This product is garbage. APPLE! WHY CAN’T YOUR PRODUCT EVEN COMPLETE INSTALL?

Found helpful by 4 out of 8 people
Version 5.3.1
Review by drjz

Apache worked - Slick interface but challenging to debug simple failures. I am disappointed.

Found helpful by 2 out of 4 people
Version 5.3.1
Review by ItsAndyAyala

Server app WORKS GREAT after update - I had a Server update and a macOS update at the same time. I keep on reading reviews saying that the server gets stuck after update, and I don't understand why… What I did was shut off all the services that I was running, and then completely quit the server application once all the services stopped. Then I updated my mac first; once it completed and booted back up, I updated the server app while all the services were STILL turned off. Once it finished installing all the new server updates, I opened the updated server app and BAM! 100% updated! Then I just turned back on the services that I was using and had already configured, and they were all 100% up and running properly. I’ve NEVER had a server crash after any type of macOS or Server update. Maybe people arent updating their server/machine properly?

Found helpful by 18 out of 20 people
Version 5.3.1
Review by aixrocks

Version 5.3.1 stuck in “updating services" - Upgraded to 5.3.1 when the new app update came out. Now server is stuck on “updating services” and never completes even after upgrading to MacOS 10.12.5. Very unhappy with the latest update.

Found helpful by 15 out of 16 people
Version 5.3.1
Review by zav

I have to use El Capitan and no complatible version of Server. - Server 5.2 runs on El Capitan. Because of release issues with iOS, I HAVE TO build under Mac OS 10.11.6. Server 5.3.1 will not install on this. I need Server 5.2 that will. YOU CAN NOT DOWNLOAD IT. Apple has screwed us by forcing this server update and not allowing an install of 5.2. This prevents use of Server for us. Madly infuriating.

Found helpful by 10 out of 10 people