macOS App Management

To set up KACE Cloud management of macOS apps in the Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP), please complete the process on the macOS App License Management page.

IMPORTANT: macOS is currently in beta mode. If you are an existing customer and would like to access the macOS beta, please visit How to join the KACE Cloud MDM beta program where you can review details, read and accept the beta agreement, and finalize your participation.

Volume Purchase Program

Assigning a VPP app to a device is the same on macOS and iOS.

  1. Go to Devices.
  2. Select a macOS device.
  3. In the right panel, select Apps.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Choose a macOS app.
  6. Click Install on Device.

Custom Apps

Custom apps must be installed using signed distribution packages. This requires two commands to be run on a macOS device with an Apple code signing certificate.

Run the following commands in a macOS terminal to create an MDM distribution package for a sample app called Any App You Want and installing it in the /Applications folder on the destination device.

sudo pkgbuild --component Any\ App\ You\ Want.app --install-location /Applications ./AnyApp.pkg

sudo productbuild --sign "Your Certificate Name Here" --package AnyApp.pkg AnyAppDistribution.pkg

To confirm success of the distribution package, use the command pkgutil --check-signature AnyAppDistribution.pkg, which will list the certificate details and confirm that the package has been signed.