Apple Remote Desktop is the best way to manage the Mac computers on your network. Distribute software, provide real-time online help to end-users, create detailed software and hardware reports, and automate routine management tasks — all from your own Mac.

Software Distribution
-Easily copy and install software on remote Mac systems.
-Encrypt network data when copying packages and files.
-Configure a Task Server to assist with package installations on offline computers.

Remote Assistance
-Observe and control your Mac computers.
-Transfer files between Mac computers using Drag and Drop.
-Copy and paste information between any two computers.
-Prevent end-users from viewing the screen while you control their systems with Curtain Mode.
-Control Virtual Network Computing (VNC)–enabled computers including Windows, Linux and UNIX systems.

Remote Administration
-Perform over a dozen commands securely on remote Mac systems.
-Remotely lock screens, sleep, wake, restart and shutdown of Mac systems.
-Execute UNIX shell scripts or commands on your client systems.

Asset Management and Reporting
-Perform lightning-fast searches with Remote Spotlight search.
-Gather reports on more than 200 Mac hardware attributes.
-See reports on user logins and application use.
-Use a Task Server to assemble inventory reports, even from mobile systems not connected to the network.

-Automate routine management tasks using Automator in OS X.
-Get started immediately with over 40 actions.
-Chain actions together to create powerful system administration workflows.
-Combine actions with other application actions to create end-to-end solutions.
-Save workflows as plug-ins to provide simple, customised interfaces to Apple Remote Desktop features.

What’s New

Version 3.9

The Apple Remote Desktop 3.9 update improves usability, compatibility, and reliability and is recommended for all users. 

This update:

• Allows users to export and restore an encrypted list of computers and user credentials
• Allows administrators to call attention to items on a remote screen using an assistant cursor
• Adds Touch Bar support for MacBook Pro (2016) computers
• Improves security when communicating with clients running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 or later
• Adds an optional compatibility mode for communicating with clients running any version of OS X Mountain Lion 10.8, OS X Mavericks 10.9 or OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 and earlier

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

gaucij ,

Time for an update?

MacOS Mojave support with dark mode would be awesome

Scotty Little ,

fantastic tool

If you have a big fleet of macs this tool is a must have. I feel it could have been something that was included with the server, I don't see why I should have to buy it as an add=on but never mind. ARD has a massive range of functions and as someone has mentioned some of them are a little complicated, I wouldn't let this put anyone off though as the basic funcionality of it isn't complicated at all. I would say it's as complex as you want it to be.
It's generally used in a large network setting so if you have the skills to setup and maintain a largish apple network then you can easily use and understand ARD. If you don't, then you probably don't have a need for it in the first place.
The tools itself is fantastic, the only reason I give it three stars is price, it should be included with server itself.

Rudy(()) ,

Works again in El Capitan

This was not working for a while.
It’s now back in true form. thank you Apple.
best Utility in the App Store.


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