Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop

By Apple

  • Category: Utilities
  • Release Date: 2010-12-24
  • Current Version: 3.9
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 12.81 MB
  • Developer: Apple
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.10.5 or later.
Score: 2.5
From 492 Ratings


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. Automation -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.



  • Always Authenticating

    By mgOrinda
    Wind up having to take control of computers individually because any command only works on a couple of computers and says the rest are “authenticating".
  • Reinstall & Update

    By onlinedelivery
    Upgraded a desktop system and couldn't get it to run with Mojave. Then realized I had been running it with Mojave already on the laptop. Deleted the app, upgraded the desktop Mojave, and reinstalled the app. It's working fine. No freezes or crashes. All the usual features are working just fine.
  • Great piece of software, needs upgrades badly

    By Strapples (
    This has been a great tool and still is for me. Nonetheless It has not been updated since 2017 and it's definitely showing its age in quirkiness and occasionally going KAFLOOEY all over your system. I have been using ARD to access my colleagues machines cross country for nearly 10 years now since the dawn of ARD. Please Apple, release a 4.0 update and polish ARD up for the big league. I would love to see RDP support along with further refinements of the Mac screen sharing system. Easier to use connection dialogs and connect by code would be nice for support providers and helping friends. All in all ARD despite it having some gray hairs on it is still worth the purchase and gets its job done very well.
  • Crashes everytime - Mojave

    By Dang_elf
    When I monitor the network and then try to interact with one of the machines, the program crashes. Every time. It is never a matter of if, but of when. Am hoping for an upgrade/update as soon as possible.
  • Poor stability and support

    By Xysta
    As others have stated, the latest version 3.9 is very unstable. I have used it for many years as tech support in my school district. After 3.9, it crashes often and is more frustrating to work with. Some clients do not want to connect or are not available. We have been in the process of phasing out all Apple equipment. This is not just because of ARD. I'm being nice when I say that their customer/software/equipment support for education is not good.
  • Very Frustrating

    By Youtz1
    I have used ARD for a numer a years now and with the latest OS it has become extremely unstable. I use it daily in my classroom for various tasks. It shutsdown multiple times during each class. I do send all the error reports to apple but still have no fix. Any help would be exteremely appreciated.
  • Not working with Mohave

    By SadAppleGirl
    I can no longer observe multiple computers at once without ARD crashing, which kind of defeats the point. No response on the support boards, no fix offered. I use this daily - used to be an awesome app.
  • Useful Utility...If It Opens.

    By fahlman
    Immediately stops responding upon launching. It's been doing this for years. This utility will probably be stripped of features just like was. I have been an Apple-user for over 30 years and am constantly disappointed in their software and hardware, but Apple takes advantage of their committed user-base because they know they can. What are we going to do, switch to Windows? By the way the workaround is to launch and issue the following command: sudo pkill -u -2 ARDAgent
  • The Opposite of Fine Wine

    By Will McK
    It's gotten worse with time. I've been using ARD for a little over three years now. There have always been a couple bugs and glitches here and there, but it seems like recently it's become completely unreliable. Computers will show up as available, but then when I try to interact with them it'll say not authorized. Computers randomly (and constantly) become unavailable, even though I'm able to see in-person that they have not gone to sleep or anything.
  • Missing the old Power-App this used to be...

    By LongtimeACSA
    I have used (and supported) ARD in many different environments over the last decade or so....this is NOT the application that it used to be. Please, Apple, return to the Business and Education supporting platform you used to be once more!