macOS Server
macOS Server
5.9

2.8

macOS Server free download for Mac

macOS Server

5.9
10 October 2019

Quickly and easily turn a Mac into a server (was OS X Server).

Overview

macOS Server makes it easy to configure and monitor Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV devices and network storage volumes.

Here’s what you’ll get with macOS Server:
Profile Manager
  • Mobile device management for iOS, macOS, and tvOS devices
  • Distribution of institution licensed apps and books purchased from the Volume Purchase Program to users or devices
  • Install Software Updates on devices running iOS 12 and mac OS 10.14
  • Device Enrollment Program integration
  • Web-based administration console
  • Self-service user portal for clearing passcodes, remote lock, and remote wipe
Xsan
  • Block-level SAN file sharing with concurrent read/write access
  • Xsan volume hosting and configuration
  • Volume management, storage pooling, striping, 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.

What's new in macOS Server

Version 5.9:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.15 or later

  • WiFi - configure WPA3 Personal security type
  • Add consent text to manually downloadable and enrollment profiles
  • Configure extensible single sign-on payload
  • Support Web-based authentication for Device Enrollment Program
  • Skip Screen Time and TouchID panes in Setup Assistant
  • Configure new account configuration options for DEP enrollment
  • Display Secure Boot and External Boot levels in Device Information
  • Support Bootstrap Token to enable mobile accounts to sign in on FileVault Macs
  • Manage Activation Lock: Enable Activation Lock, Clear Activation Lock, automatically fetch Activation Lock Bypass Code on Catalina enrolled Macs
  • Configure automatic macOS updates and app updates
  • Dock: Configure double click, recents, and tab settings
  • Configure Associated Web Domains payload
  • Configure Content Caching as infrastructure

59 macOS Server Reviews

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Phoenixdownunder
28 January 2018

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Don't touch this software. Apple has completely destroyed what we know as a Server product. Everything is being deprecated. Don't waste your money. Apple is no longer a user friendly organisation. This has been evident really since they refused to support NFS variants a few years back. Networking is obviously too difficult for Apple's Snowflake engineers. 0 out of 10.
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Version 5.5
schmelding
10 October 2019
Tim Cook needs to be iFired. Apple is just over-priced, glued together novelty junk now. Pains me to say it.
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Version 5.9
C-dLt
30 September 2018
Apple removed the open source stuff in the last version 5.7.1 It is now pretty useless for me.
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Version 5.7.1
The following Apple guide tells you how to replace Server App with open source code. It is only 42 pages, what could be simpler than that? ;-) https://developer.apple.com/support/macos-server/macOS-Server-Service-Migration-Guide.pdf In case you are wondering, I’m not serious about this being simple. Although it does open a third party opportunity for those with programming skills to fill the void, left by Apple.
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Version 5.6.1
Derekcurrie
17 April 2018
v5.6.1 was released April 16, 2018. Unfortunately, the page here at MU only describes v5.6. Apple has released an updated 'What's New' specific to v5.6.1 here:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208646

MU shouldn't feel bad about not yet updating their 'What's New' information. Apple hasn't either over at their Mac App Store! (o_O) Disappointing.

Side Comments:
-> The panic over Apple pulling open source software from macOS Server is overblown. All of it is still available as, for course, open source software available to all. What's lost is the convenience of accessing these programs from within the macOS Server installation. However, Server does "guide customers to acquire these same services directly from the open source providers."
-> Of late, Apple has developed a POOR reputation for supporting the Mac. Part of the problem is obviously Intel's repeatedly slipping CPU release schedule, making the release of new CPU Macs slower. For the time being, Moore's Law is clearly dead. But the continual Apple Bungles®™ regarding macOS 10.13 High Sierra, APFS, the lack of a Mac mini update, as well as the delayed repair of the ongoing mess that is Mac Pro have all brought shame on Apple. I consider this to be a management problem. Reorganization is in order as well as sending all executives back to Jobs school.
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Version 5.6.1
chasjunk
17 April 2018
I like how all the panicky/hostile reviews this month don't bother quoting the whole message from Apple. For those with reading comprehension issues, here's the rest: "To help prepare for this transition, these services -- which are still included in macOS Server 5.6 --will no longer be visible in the Server App sidebar for new installations. Existing installations that update to macOS Server 5.6 will be unaffected and will continue to work as usual. We continue to actively develop and support the other features of macOS Server, including Open Directory, Profile Manager and Xsan management." So let's review for the slow ones in the back: 1. The open source stuff will no longer be bundled in, BUT Apple will include guidance on how to get these things directly. 2. So that means Server users can keep these vital components updated much more quickly than waiting for Apple to issue a new version of Server. GEE THAT SOUNDS AWFUL. 3. The parts of Server that Apple develops will continue to be developed. ERMAGERD WHAT A DISASTER. So as it turns out NOTHING is deprecated, but security is considerably improved by letting admins update the open source components as they are updated rather than having to wait.
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Version 5.6.1
2 answer(s)
Colonelcowbell
Colonelcowbell
17 April 2018
ERMEGERD now I have to learn what a command line is!1!1!!1!
LOL
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Sir1963
Sir1963
18 September 2018
So, if I need to use the command line tools or something like PhpMyAdmin to manage 1/2 my server, why not just run Linux and use that one tool to manger ALL of the server ? And if I am going to run Linux, why not use an intel NUC at home for that purpose and save even MORE money.
My servers at home are working, and when they fail they will be replaced with Linux boxes.
Likewise my iPhone SE when it dies will be replaced with an Android, my ATVs are being replaced with Kobo boxes and Chromecasts already.
Apple has broken the links between everything making it easier to move platforms.
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cooper-6
02 April 2018
People need to begin seeing the truth. Apple is not killing the Macintosh Server; Apple is killing the Macintosh in it its entirety. It is a process. First they kill AppleScript on Pages, Numbers, etc., calling it an improvement, then they slowly stop supporting the OS itself, then they kill Server, etc. Eventually they will stop making Macintosh. Their money is in iPhones/iPads/ etc. When Steve Jobs died, Apple died. Apple never learns. This is what nearly killed Apple post Jobs the first time, and it is what will eventually be the downfall of Apple in the future. Jobs had vision in a company he loved, Cook has a job that pays him millions in a company that is nothing more to him but a cash cow..
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Version 5.6
Ced
30 March 2018
It was too great, so apple decided to abandon it.
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Version 5.6
1 answer(s)
higherterrain-com
higherterrain-com
30 September 2018
They don't see a buck being made from it so like anything else at Apple they shelve it.
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rlf
30 March 2018
"This Fall, Apple plans to cease bundling the open source services (Calendar Server, Contacts Server, Messages Server, Mail Server, DNS, DHCP, VPN Server, and Websites) in macOS Server" I want my money back!
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Version 5.6
mvot
30 March 2018
Is this a joke? Apple is killing server app. All the services "Calendar Server, Contacts Server, Messages Server, Mail Server, DNS, DHCP, VPN Server, and Websites" will be disabled. I want my money back. How can I now sync contacts and calendar with apple tools and not use their could services which I will not use?
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Version 5.6
wblume
30 March 2018
"cease bundling the open source services (Calendar Server, Contacts Server, Messages Server, Mail Server, DNS, DHCP, VPN Server, and Websites" Just everything I bought Server (and my Mac Mini) for. How do they still call this "Server?" Will they take it all back, please?
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Version 5.6
$19.99

2.8

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  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.14.4 or later
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