Set Up an Apple Mac Computer

Apple Mac

These instructions are intended to show installation of the Remote.It desktop and, if desired, a guide to provide remote access to this Apple Mac computer. As a general rule, if your Apple Mac computer is hosting a service which is accessible via a LAN address and port, then Remote.It can be used for access from outside the LAN without port forwarding on a public IP address.
If you wish to setup your Apple Mac computer/server for automated machine to machine connections, please refer to our guide for CLI.

You will need:

  • A Remote.It account. Sign up here: https://app.remote.it
  • Access to the Mac computer desktop as an administrator

Install the Remote.It Desktop

1. Download and install the Apple Mac Desktop application (NOTE: ARM64 is for the M1 & M2 chip)

Info Alert

If you intend to use this Mac computer to make connections to another Remote.It Device, you can stop after installing the Desktop Application and do not follow the prompts to "Set up this device".

Mac
Desktop
arm64
Remote.It Download icon
Download
Remote.It Documentation icon
Documentation
Mac
Desktop
x86_64
Remote.It Download icon
Download
Remote.It Documentation icon
Documentation
Mac
arm64
CPU
Apple silicon
Version
v3.13.4
Date
October 31, 2022
MD5
eff2d4beedec2cf956d017702503a117
Mac
x86_64
CPU
Intel
Version
v3.13.4
Date
October 31, 2022
MD5
4647c638d0cbc2d6bdd5a0be78bed6db

2. After downloading the DMG installer from the links above, double click the DMG file. Drag the remoteit.app icon over onto the Applications folder.

Note: If your remote.it icon is greyed out or has an X over it, you have downloaded the wrong installer. There are two installer files: one for X86/Intel based computers and one for Apple Silicon/ARM based computers.
Install MAC app
3. A message will appear asking permission to open a recently downloaded file.  This is a basic security alert to prevent unwanted applications from being installed. Click "Open"
Confirm mac app install
4. Another message will appear asking you to confirm the installation process. Enter your Mac administrator computer username and password. This is the login credentials you use to log into the computer after a reboot. Do not enter your Remote.It credentials.
mac password
4. After the application is fully installed you will see a login prompt. Please login with your Remote.It account credentials.
remote.it login
5. Continue through the prompts to "Install Agent". The desktop app will need this to make connections and, if set up, allow connections to this Mac. When it prompts you to allow this app to make changes, enter your Mac administrator computer username and password.
install agent
6. If you do not need to support connections to this Mac, do not proceed with the next instructions. You can either continue to set up other devices which you want to connect to by repeating the guide for adding devices you want to connect to OR if you already have your devices set up, use the application.

Configure Your Mac To Accept Connections

1. Add this device
Click the "+" Add device button and select "This system"
Mac add device

2. Configure the system for Remote.It connections
Update the name to how you would like to see it in your device list for connections. The list of services shown and checked will be the ones that will be available to remotely connect to. Select the ones you want. If you do not see the service you want, you can add that later. Click "Register"
Mac register device

3. Remote.It Desktop will notify you when registration is complete. If the status "Device offline" doesn't update in a moment, click the "refresh" button to update. You are now ready to add additional services such as Minecraft, Terraria, or another application/service which you can access via a port.
Mac device details

4. Add additional services
Click the "+" Add Service button in the middle pane. Make sure that the service is running on your Mac. Provide a name, port, and service host address (Defaults are provided for most services). Only override default ports if you have assigned a different port for this service on your Mac.

Repeat for all the services you would like to access remotely.
mac add service


Connect!

From a different computer, you can use https://app.remote.it to connect. Select the service you would like to create a Remote.It connection to and click "Connect". You can now use this connection address in the application such as terminal, VNC viewer or a browser (see image below). When you are done with the connection, click "Stop Connection".

mac connection URL hostname port

Ready to do more?

Remote.It has a lot more to offer from allowing you to share your devices to friends and colleagues, advanced connection configurations, online/offline notifications, manufacturing support and more. Learn about them here.