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Short Description
open source MDM server
Full Description

mircomdm is a Mobile Device Management server for Apple Devices (primarily OS X macs).

While I intend to implement all the commands defined by Apple in the spec, the current focus is on implementing the features necessary to fit Apple's new(er) management tools (MDM, VPP, DEP) into existing enterprise environments.

This project now has a website with updated documentation -


This repo is under heavy development. The current release is only for developers and expert users

Current status

  • Fetch devices from DEP
  • Supports InstallApplication and InstallProfile commands
  • Accepts a variety of other MDM payloads such as OSUpdateStatus and DeviceInformation but just dumps the response from the device to standard output.
  • Push notifications are supported.
  • Configuration profiles and applications can be grouped into a "workflow". The workflow can be assigned to a device.
    Currently the DEP enrollment step will check for a workflow but ignore it. I'll be adding this feature next.
  • No SCEP/individual enrollment profiles yet. Need to have an enrollment profile on disk and pass it as a flag.

I set up a public trello board to manage what is currently worked on and make notes.

Getting started

Installation and configuration instructions will be maintained on the website.

Notes on architecture

  • micromdm is an open source project written as an http server in Go
  • deployed as a single binary.
  • almost everything in the project is a separate library/service. main just wraps these together and provides configuration flags
  • PostgreSQL for long lived data (devices, users, profiles, workflows)
  • uses Redis to queue MDM Commands
  • API driven - there will be an admin cli and a web ui, but the server itself is build as a RESTful API.
  • exposes metrics data in Prometheus format.


An administrator can group a DEP enrollment profile, a list of applications and a list of configuration profiles into a workflow and assign the workflow to a device.
If a device has an assigned workflow, micromdm will configure the device according to the workflow.
If you're familiar with Munki's manifest feature, workflows work in a similar way.

Build instructions

If you know Go

  1. go get
  2. cd $GOPATH/src/
  3. glide install install the necessary dependencies into /vendor folder
  4. go build or go install

If you're new to Go

Go is a bit different from other languages in its requirements for how it expects its programmers to organize Go code on a system.
First, Go expects you to choose a folder, called a workspace (you can name it anything you'd like). The path to this folder must always be set in an environment variable - GOPATH (example: GOPATH=/Users/groob/code/go)
Your GOPATH must have thee subfolders - bin, pkg and src, and any code you create must live inside the src folder. It's also helpful to add $GOPATH/bin to your environment's PATH as that is where go install will place go binaries that you build.

A few helpful resources for getting started with Go.

To build MicroMDM you will need to:

  1. Download and install Go
  2. Install glide
  3. Set the GOPATH as explained above.
  4. mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/
  5. git clone the project into the above folder.
    The repo must always be in the folder $GOPATH/src/ even if you forked the project. Add a git remote to your fork.
  6. glide install The glide command will download and install all necessary dependencies for the project to compile.
  7. go build or go install
  8. File an issue or a pull request if the instructions were unclear.


The project has a Makefile and will build the project for you assuming you have GOPATH set correctly.

  • run make to create a new build.
  • make deps will install the necessary dependencies. after that you can use go build, go test etc.
  • run make docker to build a docker container from the local source.

Docker container for Redis and PostgreSQL

If you want to run locally for testing/development, an easy way to run PostgreSQL and Redis is by using docker-compose
docker-compose -f compose-pg.yml up

Dockerfiles for development and release.

  • Dockerfile will build the latest release (by downloading the binaries).
    This is equivalent to docker pull micromdm/micromdm:latest

  • builds the latest version from the local source.
    docker build -f -t micromdm .

docker pull micromdm/micromdm:dev to get the latest version built from master.

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