Managed Distribution for Computers

You can distribute Mac App Store apps and books purchased in volume to computers and users via managed distribution.

For more information about purchasing apps and books in volume, visit one of the following websites:

Note: As an alternative to managed distribution, Jamf Pro also supports distributing Mac App Store apps and books to computers by associating redeemable VPP codes with apps and books. For more information, see VPP Code Distribution for Computers.

Managed Distribution for Computers

Jamf Pro allows you to distribute Mac App Store apps directly to computers for managed distribution. Because managed distribution for computers is device-based, user registration with volume purchasing is not required and users do not need to provide an Apple ID. Anyone using the computer can access apps distributed to the computer.

With managed distribution for computers, Jamf Pro has full control of your Mac App Store apps. Jamf Pro can be used to automatically update apps in Jamf Pro and on computers on a schedule, and app updates can be forced at any time. Apps distributed directly to computers do not appear in the user's own Mac App Store purchase history and cannot be updated by users.

Managed distribution for computers requires computers with macOS 10.11 or later. To distribute Mac App Store apps to computers using managed distribution, you need a location set up in Jamf Pro. For more information, see Integrating with Volume Purchasing.

To distribute a Mac App Store app directly to a computer, when configuring the app distribution settings, choose the location that purchased the app for managed distribution. For more information, see Mac App Store Apps.

Note: If you have apps that were distributed with user-based assignments and the apps are device-assignable, you can move to device-based managed distribution for the apps. For more information, see the Moving from User- to Device-based Volume Purchasing Assignments Knowledge Base article.

Managed Distribution for Users

Jamf Pro also allows you to distribute Mac App Store apps and books to users for managed distribution. Because managed distribution for users is user-based, it involves user registration and user assignments. For more information, see Volume Purchasing User Registration and User-Based Volume Assignments.

Managed distribution for users requires computers with macOS 10.9 or later.

Related Information

For related information, see the following Jamf Knowledge Base video:

Deploying a Device-Based Volume Purchase Program (VPP) macOS Application with Jamf Pro

For related information, see the following sections in this guide:

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