How to get Microsoft Remote Desktop for macOS outside the App Store How to download the Microsoft Remote Desktop (RDP) macOS app to remotely connect to a Windows PC without having to login to the App Store or create an Apple ID

Microsoft Remote Desktop per macOS - download senza App Store

This post is for all the mac users and system administrators who had to deal at least once in their life with the need to download the Microsoft Remote Desktop macOS app - the port of the famous system utility present in Windows to make remote connections via the RDP protocol - through a distribution channel other than the official one, namely the App Store.

If you're in a hurry, here's the official (and 100% legitimate) Microsoft Remote Desktop macOS app direct download link, taken from the same official Microsoft page which we will discuss later: for more information about this (official) link we still recommend to keep reading.

The need of downloading the MS RDP app outside the App Store is something that I personally had to achieve at leat two or three times, due to the fact that using the "proper" channel - the App Store - might be very tricky under various circumstances. For example, you can't easily do that if:

  • You don't have an AppleID (and you are not willing to create one for such a trivial and once-in-a-lifetime need as downloading remote access software).
  • The Mac on which you are working has a registered AppleID account with a forgotten password: this is another scenario where accessing the App Store can be difficult, because the password is required even to remove or replace the account if some anti-theft services (such as the "find your mac" feature) have been activated ahead of time of your own Mac).
  • The macOS version is considered "too old" or incompatible with the minimum requirements asked by the App Store for that specific app.

If you're stuck with these kind of issues, looking for an alternative way to retrieve those apps is more than legitimate: unfortunately, until not so long ago, finding the macOS port of most Microsoft apps was really difficult, with the constant risk of ending up downloading outdated versions from "scary" download sites with spam-like behaviours (Softonic and the likes) and installers full of bloatware that you might as well want to avoid.

Luckily enough, Microsoft recently released a dedicated website for those system administrators who want to acquire Windows software for Mac without having to go through the perils of the App Store. The site is called and is full of direct download links to most of the Microsoft apps for macOS, including - yet not limiting to - the Microsoft Remote Desktop app.

Here's a brief list of the other macOS ports that you will find there:

  • Office 365 (all versions)
  • Office 2019 and 2016 (all versions: home & student, professional, enterprise, etc)
  • All the individual apps included in the Office 2019 and 2016 suites, namely Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Microsoft OneNote
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Skype and Skype for Business
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft Intune
  • Windows Defender
  • Visual Studio Code

For all these software, a link is made available that allows the direct download of the installer, without having to go through stores, distribution sites where authentication is mandatory or anything like that. It goes without saying that everything is absolutely legal, as expected from an official Microsoft site.


That's it for now: we hope that the website which we've talked about in this post will allow many users and system administrators to quickly get the Microsoft Remote Desktop app for macOS without going through the App Store and/or having to create an AppleID in a simple, fast and legitimate way. See you next time!


About Ryan

IT Project Manager, Web Interface Architect and Lead Developer for many high-traffic web sites & services hosted in Italy and Europe. Since 2010 it's also a lead designer for many App and games for Android, iOS and Windows Phone mobile devices for a number of italian companies. Microsoft MVP for Development Technologies since 2018.

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3 Comments on “How to get Microsoft Remote Desktop for macOS outside the App Store How to download the Microsoft Remote Desktop (RDP) macOS app to remotely connect to a Windows PC without having to login to the App Store or create an Apple ID

  1. I had to write here after spending 2-3 days in search of solution to remote desktop as i have to connect a vps via my mac and every thread was leading me to micorosoft remote desktop app which was unavailable on app store. Every article, discussion ending in the same direction in the end and taking me to a link on app store for micorosoft remote desktop but it was not there. I search app store and its never showing micorosft remote desktop.

    I installed VMWare, to create Virtual windows within my mac, and going this and that technical problems error but couldnt get VMware to start virtual machine, later realized it was mostly due to M1 rosetta issue. Then install virtual box, still errors, installed anydesk, still couldnt connect as what i have from service provide is the remote machine IP and anydesk has no way to do that unattended or I needed to learn more articles about anydesk.

    Installed bunch of other apps for connecting to my VPS and all failed, but i didnt gave up.

    THANKS GOD I LANDED TO THIS PAGE where my pain suffering of 3 days finally ended. Thank you so much Ryan, I couldnt thank you enough so writing this long response.

    If anyone needs micorosft remote desktop and they cant find elsewhere, HERE IS THE PLACE to get it guyz. Hail to you Ryan.

    1. Thank you so much for writing this, we really appreciate your comment! We’re glad to help. If you like our blog, feel free to like us on Facebook and Twitter :)

  2. Thank you so much for this page! I was in a hurry and didn’t have my AppleID close to me. Information that you shared here helped me to quickly remotely connect to a microscope computer (I am a biologist). Giant thanks! :)

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