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.

What's New

Version 5.5

• Profile Manager reliability and performance improvements
• NetBoot bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

1.9 out of 5

104 Ratings

104 Ratings

Not Recommended For Live Business Use

IT Pro Dude

On the surface this seems to be a great buy. It provides a GUI front-end to many of the open source underpinnings already found on your Mac OS.

However, the problems I have experienced over the last 4 years is that the updates sometimes break functionality, take away features, or make previous implementations unfeasible. This has led to catastrophies for our organization. Examples in the past, that have required Apple enterprise support have been: disruption of email for days, email logs no longer available (intentionally by Development), firewall troubleshooting because an update broke connectivity, anti-virus & junkmail filters failing to update, etc.

If you base your services offered by this product, beware, because it seems as if Apple may not do much vetting in business environments - or they have a hard time ensuring all the open source components are compatible with their OS. Because the features change so much, documentation is often sketchy & outdated. These are big problems that can sometimes requires hours, or even days of troubleshooting & re-configuration, to get this app working after a patch. Please put that troubleshooting time into your cost analysis when you buy a $20 server.

A $20 Mac Server


Let me counterpoint some of the other reviews:
- Some core features were moved from being maintained in this $20 additional app into the core OS; so you can set up a Time Machine server and iCloud Caching server without buying this app. Sweet. Do I wish I didn't need to Google to find out my wife's backups weren't working because I needed to turn SMB on? Yes, but that's a documentation issue, not really an app issue.
- VPN service is still included in this app. Yes, it conflicts with Back To My Mac - you can use the VPN *instead of* Back to My Mac. I VPN into my home network from any of my devices. Then I can access computers/servers at home, or pop out using ssh/etc from there as though I'm home. For $20, once.

Upgrading to the latest version wasn't seamless, but changes usually require some learning, and I do think moving the services to the main OS instead of requiring this interface app is a step in the right direction. Having some clearer migration documenatation would have been nice so we could easily learn where the features were and how to use them.

Horrible. Worst Apple product ever.


Don’t do it. It breaks file sharing. It won’t work properly and there is no fix because it will break itself again. ACLs don’t work. File locking doesn’t work. Permissions don’t inherit properly and are randomly and incorrectly followed. You either get locked out when you shouldn’t get locked out, or if you’re “lucky” enough to get to your files, they get corrupted if there are other users on the network. Databases? Damaged the moment you have more than one user. Almost forgot to mention - home directories and network logins don’t work either. I never thought I’d say it, but at least Windows works. My office is a 100% Apple shop, and so is my home. If Apple doesn’t fix this soon, we’ll be turning the corner on that, and that will translate to what we use at home, what we make our phone calls on, and all the rest of our products. I’m tired of paying top dollar for what is increasingly substandard products. This one renders my new and very expensive hardware useless.


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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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