Slink
Slink
1.9.12

4.4

Slink free download for Mac

Slink

1.9.12
02 March 2014

Remotely connect to your home network.

Overview

Slink is the easy and secure way to remotely connect to your home network. All shared services on your home network automatically appear in the Finder, iTunes, iPhoto, and other applications, just as they do at home. With Slink you are always connected to your home network.

Some of the key features that sets Slink apart from the competition are:

  • Easy to set-up with very little configuration
  • Remote access to all Macs and Bonjour services on your home network
  • Based on rock-solid UNIX SSH technology and all traffic is secured using strong encryption
  • Secure browsing to protect against threats when using WiFi hotspots
  • Remotely connect to many home networks simultaneously
  • Support for proxies to allow remote connections from locked-down corporate networks
  • Connection Doctor and Firewall Buster to help troubleshoot connectivity issues
Slink supports almost all applications that use Apple's Bonjour technology, including:
  • iTunes Home Sharing
  • iPhoto Sharing
  • Screen Sharing
  • File Sharing
  • Print Sharing

What's new in Slink

Version 1.9.12:
  • Fix: Slink Agent UPnP improvements.
  • Fix: Slink Agent preparations for the introduction of Slink 2 beta.
  • Fix: Performance improvements.
  • Fix: Bug fixes.

54 Slink Reviews

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Satyrica
31 March 2010

Most helpful

Works great, great feature set, simple install and use, great/helpful/friendly dev (helped with a work firewall issue, and resolved it!). Thanks guys!
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Version 1.0 beta
Strider72
05 December 2018
Does anyone know how to completely uninstall Slink?
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Version 1.9.12
Dominikhoffmann
28 October 2016
The link to the publisher’s website is no longer valid. It appears there no longer is a SlinkWare website. Still, it works. I rely on it daily. They must have their server, through which clients discover Slink servers, still running. I discovered this, when trying to report a problem I am seeing with the server mediating VNC connections to machines running macOS Sierra 10.12.1.
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Version 1.9.12
3 answer(s)
Dominikhoffmann
Dominikhoffmann
17 July 2018
It seems like the Slink server has finally shut down. Perhaps it had been prepaid until about now. I am going to have to figure out how to run it without a server.
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jaknudsen
jaknudsen
10 September 2018
Hi Domink! How did you establish that the Slink server has stopped working? I am having problems with Slink at the moment, the Slink server is unable to map the port for connectivity.
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aaliindigo
aaliindigo
17 September 2019
Hi Dominik .. did you find an alternative to Slink?
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Version 1.9.12
Amgwanagitbhuti
22 June 2016
After dumping it the past several months, I recently updated my home server to 10.11.5 (from 10.9.5) and on a whim I re-installed Slink agent. I can confirm that it works on El Capitan. I'll report later on stability.
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Version 1.9.12
anonymous-heron-1581
05 January 2015
Still works, but appears to be basically abandonware as Slink 1.x hasn't been updated in almost a year and there's been no hint of the appearance of Slink 2. The developer's forums are dormant and the developer's Twitter feed hasn't seen activity in months. Anyone considering purchase therefore needs to think carefully before proceeding as further support or development may be nonexistent.
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Version 1.9.12
4 answer(s)
MacDev
MacDev
25 February 2015
Yes, Slink is an awesome product, but my last email to Slink support (Olaf) a few months ago went unanswered.

Sadly, since this product seems to be now (for all intents and purposes) to be abandoned, I'm going to remove it and look for a supported product.

:(
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Amgwanagitbhuti
Amgwanagitbhuti
16 November 2015
I can confirm there is no support anymore. I sent in a ticket a week ago with no response. Then I checked here. What replacements are recommended?
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Odysseus
Odysseus
29 November 2015
I don't think there is a replacement. There used to be ShareTool as well, but I think it has been discontinued.
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Dominikhoffmann
Dominikhoffmann
29 July 2016
I filed a support request 10 months ago and never received a response. Apart from that, it works quite well, even under the latest version of El Capitan. I would concur that the product is no longer actively supported.

However, since the product makes use of a server mediating the connection between the two hosts based on a unique identifier alone, I can report that that server is up and running.
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nylyon
14 April 2014
A while ago I decided on a server environment for my home. I purchased a Mac Mini, migrated all the documents, music etc to the mini to off-load duplicate and dispersed data and media. Using the VPN server capabilities I was able to access the data remotely, but not seamless. This is of course because Bonjour doesn't play nicely with routed connections. So I began to try to figure out and configure tunnels which I was able to get going. The problem with that is it uses my degree in computer science and is not straight forward. I downloaded the trial version of Slink, loaded it up on a virtual image of Mavericks and gave it a test drive. 10 minutes later I bought the license and turned off the VPN option on the Mac Server. I could go into great detail, but in essence I was able to remotely connect to my home network, access iTunes and watch a Batman movie as though I was right at home. Additionally, I was able to establish a remote desktop connection to my iMac, turn on Photo Booth and get a live view of the happenings at home, and I am happy to say that the dog was behaved. While using the connection I couldn't help but wonder why Apple doesn't provide this functionality out of the box for integration with both Mac's and iOS devices. While I can not fault the lack of an iOS version (hey Apple doesn't even support Dropbox between the two and they designed the darn things) having an iOS version would be of great benefit and really tie the mobile platform together for your own private cloud. Bottom line is this. If you have a Macbook and a "stay at home" Mac of some type (iMac, Macbook, Mac Mini, Mac Pro...) it's really in your best interest to grab a copy of this software. While the Apple Cloud is handy (especially with iOS device support) the ability to access you entire suite of Mac's at home, is invaluable. This IS what's can be considered a Private Cloud, and you can have one of your very own which works better than one that you can build and configure!
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Version 1.9.12
GoMary
04 March 2014
I have used ShareTool for accessing my home Macs and iTunes for years. (Also supporting my family remotely.) Sadly the developer (Yazsoft) has shut down and have been forced to look for a replacement. Found Slink on MacUpdate last night and it has already become one of my favorite all time applications. If you need remote files, screen sharing, printer sharing, etc on a Mac this is a great solution. It easily beats Back To My Mac and ShareTool etc. It is very simple to install and get going. Only one question, I support 4 Macs (family). How many licenses do I need? Highly recommended.
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Version 1.9.12
1 answer(s)
Slinkware
Slinkware
04 March 2014
GoMary, Many thanks for the kind feedback! Slink is licensed on a per user basis and you can install on any number of Macs. In other words, if you are the only app user, you only need one license. (Sounds like this is the case.) Also, please note that the Slink Agent (that you install on your family members Macs) is unlicensed and free. --Olof, Slink Developer
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Robertcoogan
02 March 2014
Finally got this to work after going to tech support on the Slink website. When you buy the Slink app on the App Store, there is nothing that tells you that the Slink Agent is not installed with the Slink app. The instructions do tell you that in order to use Slink, you need to get your Slink ID, which you get from the Slink Agent, which is in System Preferences. Only it isn’t there…and there isn’t anything to tell you where to go to get it (even on the Slink website). However Slink was very responsive in proving me with a link to download the Slink Agent. I don't know why there weren't any instructions to download the Agent when I first ran Slink on my Mac. But a link should also be included in the help menus for the Slink app itself (if it is there, it is very hard to find). Overall the app itself does work well, and is well worth the money despite that wrinkle. I would give it a higher rating if it weren’t that for that one thing.
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Version 1.9.11
4 answer(s)
Slinkware
Slinkware
02 March 2014
Robert, What you are saying is actually not correct. The first time you run the Mac App Store version of Slink, you are presented with the following window providing instructions on how to download the Slink Agent: http://slinkware.com/screenshots/MAS-first-run.png The only time you will not see this message, is if you have previously installed the Slinkware Store version of Slink. (Then these instructions are superfluous as the Slink Agent is shipped on the Slink Disk Image.) While we are always disappointed with a low user ratings of Slink, we will always take this as constructive feedback. In the next version of Slink, we will endeavor to make the Slink Agent download instructions even more obvious than they are in the current version. Many thanks for supporting Slink, and please contact us if you strike any other issues or have any other questions. --Olof, Slink Developer
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Robertcoogan
Robertcoogan
02 March 2014
No, Olof, that is actually not correct. The first run pop up window did not appear. So no download link. Denying it doesn't make is so. Every once in awhile when someone makes a bit of software, there are occasions when a bit of that software doesn't work like it supposed to. Probably the reason I didn't see the window. Don't take it personally, and don't make your comment sound personal. It just sounds like bad customer support.
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Slinkware
Slinkware
02 March 2014
Robert, Nothing personal. That is why we take this as constructive feedback. In the next version of Slink, we will endeavor to make the Slink Agent download instructions even more obvious than they are in the current version.We will also investigate why this window did not appear for you and to fix. Again, many thanks for supporting Slink, --Olof, Slink Developer
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stjames70
stjames70
21 February 2017
It has been almost three years since this has been posted, but I would like to add that Slink is still working like a champion on Sierra OS X 10.12.3. My question is, Olof, dude, where are you, and why are you no longer supporting Slink. It is the only and by far the best remote access software out in either PC or OS X environment. Come back to life, and I will purchase additional licenses just to support you. Obviously, you or someone else still support the servers necessary for remote connection.
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Robertcoogan
27 February 2014
Slink Agent never installs, so I cannot start using Slink at all. I have checked the Slink forums and FAQ, but there doesn't seem to be a solution. Would be nice if I didn't feel like I just handed over $25 for used up space on my HD.
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Version 1.9.11
1 answer(s)
Slinkware
Slinkware
01 March 2014
Robert, Have you downloaded and installed the Slink Agent from: http://agent.slinkware.com/ I see that you have logged a ticket with Slinkware support. I have just responded to the ticket. I am sure we can get you up and running quickly again!
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Odysseus
19 October 2013
Development seems to have stalled.
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Version 1.9.11
1 answer(s)
Slinkware
Slinkware
01 March 2014
Odysseus. Development has not stalled. Slink 1 is in a stable state and we are currently working on Slink 2. A couple of Slink 1 maintenance releases are coming to Slink 1 soon.
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Joinerm
25 July 2012
I love Slink because it works solidly across all my machines in different locations even half way around the world and even machines which require to vpn in to their network. I appreciate the difficulty in bringing full functionality to iOS - Slink is intended primarily for full Mac OSX. However, any functionality that you could bring to iOS would be very welcome so I do not have to use Spashtop which rarely works for me. So finally the $64K question: when will 1.9.10 be on the App Store?
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Version 1.9.10
3 answer(s)
Slinkware
Slinkware
25 July 2012
Many thanks for the kind feedback! Slink 1.9.19 has been with Apple for review since last week and will be available as soon as approved. Looks like the review times are longer at the moment due to the Mountain Lion release and the high volume of app updates. Olof, Slink Developer
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Slinkware
Slinkware
25 July 2012
My post should of course have said Slink 1.9.10 and not 1.9.19!
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Slinkware
Slinkware
08 August 2012
FYI: Slink 1.9.10 is now available on the Mac App Store. Apologies for the wait. Unusually long delay in getting Apple to review.
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App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
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