macOS Server

Developer: Apple

Current Version: 5.4

Last Updated: 21 days 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 Jarredmayreviewer

Disapointing Update - I have used macOS server Time Machine Time Machine function for the better part of the year to back up my families numerous macs. Unfortunately since the upgrade to High Sierra all this functionality has been spread across macOS. Definitely frustrating to me that I cannot manage all of my features in one place.

Found helpful by 8 out of 9 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 7 out of 7 people
Version 5.4
Review by Nai-De

Must offer everything that iCloud offers - The whole point of running a server is to group/corporate data to be under one’s own control. That means, I need to be able to make my own version of iCloud. Notes, Document syncing (incl. collaborative editing), etc. must be possible on the private cloud. That’s not the case. Server were nice enough, were it not castrating many a macOS feature, if you start insisting that all data remain on the intranet. Fix that, and we’re talking. I can do without the iCloud web apps, I can’t do without the data syncing/collaborative editing on various Apple devices with data remaining in the private cloud.

Found helpful by 6 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 6 out of 6 people
Version 5.4
Review by ptt1

What happened to ftp and others - I cannot run my website without ftp. Suddenly, it has been removed without a trace from OS X server. Along with a good many other services, but I was particularly dependent on FTP. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE???!?!?

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people