Distributing Your Mac Apps

macOS Mojave will soon be available to millions of users. Learn how the all-new Mac App Store beautifully showcases your apps and makes them even easier to find, and how improvements to Developer ID make it safer for users to install apps that you distribute yourself.

Mac App Store

The Mac App Store makes it simple for customers to discover, purchase, and download your apps, and easily keep them updated. And now, the redesigned Mac App Store on macOS Mojave brings a new look and new editorial content that inspires and informs. Organized around the specific things customers love to do on Mac, along with insightful stories, curated collections, and videos, the redesigned Mac App Store beautifully showcases your apps and makes them even easier to find.

Learn more about the Mac App Store

Learn how to submit your apps

Outside the Mac App Store

While the Mac App Store is the safest place for users to get software for their Mac, you may choose to distribute your Mac apps in other ways. Gatekeeper on macOS helps protect users from downloading and installing malicious software by checking for a Developer ID certificate. Make sure to test your apps with the macOS 10.14 SDK and sign your apps, plug-ins, or installer packages to let Gatekeeper know they’re safe to install.

And starting with macOS Mojave, you can give users even more confidence in your apps by submitting them to Apple to be notarized.

Learn more about Developer ID

Features and Requirements

Mac App Store Outside Mac App Store
App Distribution Hosted by Apple Managed by developer
(with Developer ID)
Software Updates Hosted by Apple Managed by developer
Worldwide Payment Processing Managed by Apple Managed by developer
Volume Purchasing and Education Pricing Managed by Apple Managed by developer
Advanced App Capabilities (iCloud Storage and Push Notifications) Available Available
App Store Services (In-App Purchase and Game Center) Available Not Available
64-Bit Required Recommended
App Sandboxing Required Recommended