Apple Remote Desktop


Apple Remote Desktop 3 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 install one or more Apple-format packages on your computers.
  • Configure a Task Server to assist with package installations on offline computers.
  • Enjoy up to 11x faster copy performance compared with earlier versions of Apple Remote Desktop.
  • Choose whether to encrypt network data when copying packages and files.
  • Specify how much network bandwidth should be consumed by copy operations.

Asset Management and Reporting

  • Perform lightning-fast searches on networks of Mac computers with Remote Spotlight search.
  • Gather more than 200 hardware attributes about networked Mac OS X systems.
  • 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.

Remote Administration

  • Perform over a dozen commands securely on remote Mac OS X systems.
  • Choose from tasks including screen locking, sleep, wake, restart, and shutdown of Mac OS X systems.
  • Execute UNIX shell scripts or commands on your client systems.
  • Set the startup disk of your remote computers to start from a NetBoot or NetInstall image.

Remote Assistance

  • Observe and control your Mac computers.
  • Transfer files between Mac computers using Remote Drag and Drop.
  • Copy and paste information between any two computers.
  • View System Status Indicators for color-coded details on available disk space, memory, and CPU utilization.
  • 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.


  • Automate routine management tasks using Automator in Mac 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, customized interfaces to Apple Remote Desktop features.


Plan Price Details
Apple Remote Desktop $79.99 Requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.


March 3, 2012

During 1:1 student computer use, I use Apple Remote Desktop (ARD). It allows monitoring of student screens, so I can see how they are progressing and what they are up to.

Also, I can chat them individually to help them through problems. Finally, I've found, though it can be frustrating, that ARD can be used to drop files – such as videos or presentation templates- over to all the computers in your class.