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

• 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

Version 5.7.1

Profile Manager

Profile Manager provides enhanced management capabilities and support for management of new features in macOS, iOS, and tvOS.

• Configure an Apple Business Manager account
• Install App Store apps for tvOS
• Configure new restrictions, payloads, and commands:

macOS 10.13.4

New Restrictions payload settings
• Allow proximity based password sharing requests
• Allow password sharing
• Allow password autofill
Allow software update installation for non-admin users

New Dock payload settings
• Show Recents in Dock

New Exchange payload settings
• Use OAuth for authentication

New Smart Card payload settings
• Require Smart Card
• Enable screen saver on Smart Card removal

New Passcode payload settings
• Force password reset during next user authentication

New Security & Privacy payload settings
• Show personal recovery key

New Education payload settings
• Send to teacher-assigned Macs

New Xsan payload settings
• Ability to configure automatic mounts
• Ability to specify Distributed LAN Client mount preferences

iOS 11.3

New Restrictions payload settings
• Allow proximity based password sharing requests (Supervised only)
• Allow password sharing (Supervised only)
• Allow password autofill (Supervised only)
• Force automatic date and time (Supervised only)
• Allow USB restricted mode (Supervised only)
Allow managed Contacts accounts to write to unmanaged accounts
Allow unmanaged Contacts accounts to read managed accounts
Disable eSIM (Supervised only)

New Mail and Exchange payload settings
• Allow a user to enable or disable S/MIME signing
• Allow a user to modify the selection of the S/MIME signing certificate
• Allow a user to enable or disable S/MIME encryption
• Allow a user to modify the selection of the S/MIME encryption certificate

New Exchange payload settings
• Use OAuth for authentication

New Notifications payload settings
• Specify whether an app is allowed to send critical alerts
• Allow grouped notifications
• Show in CarPlay

New VPN payload settings for IKEv2 configurations
• Ability to specify DNS server addresses
• Ability to specify primary domain of the tunnel
• Ability to specify DNS search domains
• Ability to specify DNS supplemental match domains

New Setup Assistant pane Device Enrollment skip options
• iMessage, FaceTime & Screen Time
• Add Cellular Plan

Deprecated payloads
• macOS Server Accounts

New Commands
• Show SIM information

tvOS 11.3
New restrictions payload settings
• Allow proximity based password sharing requests (supervised only)

New Commands
• Install Updates (only appears in the Action pop-up menu when updates are available on the selected Apple TV or Apple TV devices within a group)

Ratings and Reviews

1.2 out of 5
71 Ratings
71 Ratings
laplains ,

Moving Backwards

I am so disapointed with this latest version of this app. I have been using Server app for several years and have been very happy with it. I first bought it as I was looking for a good File Sharing server app and that was my main motivation as the OS bilt in sharing app is very clumsy to use and hard to read. In the discription of this latest update, it implies that the sharing functionality has bee incorporated into the High Seria OS, This is not true, the sharing functionality has always been in the OS and is no different now as it was several years ago and was the reason I bought Server in the first place. After buying it I made use of the Cashing and Time Machine functionality, all of which have now been removed forcing you to usethe OS versions, NOT WHAT I PAID FOR. I understand that we are being coerced into using cloud based equivalents but I am not comfortable doing this until all of their security issues are resolved so they are 100% secure, Thats never going to happen. If Apple do not restore the File Sharing functionality I will be seeking my money back as the current version is not what I paid for.

Holls200 ,

Missing an opportunity

I’ve been using OSX/macOS server for many years and it has served me very, very well for home and small business use, allowing me to host mail, Web etc with minimal effort. Making the complex is what Apple should be about, I would thoroughly recommend this product to anyone in a similar position.

The world has changed and users have finally started caring about privacy and ownership of their data: Apple are publicly taking a lead in this but haven’t spotted the role this product plays in allowing their customers to own and control their information. It could also allow them to ship more hardware in the form of a headless Mac Mini/Apple TV-like device to provide a fixed base for the huge numbers of people who use only portable devices for their work and leisure.

This is totally the wrong time to kill a great product — enjoy it while it lasts

Ed Beare ,

Removal of open source services in 5.6.1 renders server useless

Previous versions of MacOS Server allowed a dedicated machine to act as the core services provider for home and small office networks. The removal of the open source services (DNS, DHCP, VPN amongst others) in 5.6.1 means that MacOS Server now has no practical use. Despite suggestions that existing installations would retain these services in this release, this proved not to be the case as all of these key services disappeared following the update. My own server was rendered useless (and the loss of all network services) meaning these ‘lost’ services had to be urgently transferred to a Synology NAS.
Yes it is true these services can be replaced by their open source versions, but this is not a trivial exercise - the point about including them in MacOS Server was these services were already integrated and presented using a simple to use graphical interface.

I’m very disappointed by Apple's decision to remove these services. If you use DNS, DHCP and VPN make sure you have a replacement before installing this update.


Apple Distribution International
106.5 MB
macOS 10.14 or later
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Apple Inc.


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