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ARDMonitor shows the state of Apple Remote Desktop (disabled, enabled, connected) - even if the Administrator asked for permission to monitor/control (that's what ARD's menu extra doesn't).

ARDMonitor comes in two flavours:

  • "ARDMonitor" - The normal faceless program which will show an icon on the right side of the menu bar.
  • "ARDMonitor unquittable" - The same as the above, but it lacks the option to quit the program - maybe useful if you're dealing with lusers.


  • status menu item
  • Notifications[1]
  • displays your IP- and MAC-addresses, also computer name
  • disconnect administrators (not with AppStore[2]-Version, also does only work if the Administrator did ask for permission to control[3])


ARD is enabled, NO administrator connected



ARD showing your IP address(es)


ARD is enabled, and an Administrator is monitoring or controlling your computer


System requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" or later[4]
  • PPC or Intel CPU (Universal Binary)

(If you use prior versions of Mac OS X, please visit Software Projects That Are Not Longer Supported#ARD_Monitor)


Did I mention it is free software? Download and enjoy![5]

There is also a version in Apple's AppStore available, but that one lacks capability to disconnect administrators due to because of the Sandboxing-Restrictions... (see here).


Please read the Readme-file for details. Short: basically it's just free. :-)
If you think it's worth a buck, please feel free to donate one (or some) via Paypal.


  1. required Mac OS X 10.8 or higher
  2. Sandboxing sucks!
  3. since ARD Admin will reconnect as soon as the connection breaks, it will not work if ARD Admin knows Login/Password to (re-)connect
  4. including Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks)
  5. If want to help tracking down bugs, please use, this one's logging veeery much to your computer's system.log