How to add macOS line-of-business (LOB) apps to Microsoft Intune

Use the information in this article to help you add macOS line-of-business apps to Microsoft Intune.

Note

Starting with the release of macOS Catalina 10.15, prior to adding your apps to Intune, check to make sure your macOS LOB apps are notarized. If the developers of your LOB apps did not notarize their apps, the apps will fail to run on your users' macOS devices. For more information about how to check if an app is notarized, visit Notarize your macOS apps to prepare for macOS Catalina.

macOS LOB apps have a maximum size limit of 2 GB per app.

While users of macOS devices can remove some of the built-in macOS apps like Stocks, and Maps, you cannot use Intune to redeploy those apps. If end users delete these apps, they must go to the app store, and manually re install them.

Select the app type

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center.
  2. Select Apps > All apps > Add.
  3. In the Select app type pane, under the Other app types, select Line-of-business app.
  4. Click Select. The Add app steps are displayed.

Step 1 - App information

Note

The minimum operating system for uploading a .pkg file is macOS 10.14.

Select the app package file

  1. In the Add app pane, click Select app package file.
  2. In the App package file pane, select the browse button. Then, select an macOS installation file with the extension .pkg. The app details will be displayed.
  3. When you're finished, select OK on the App package file pane to add the app.

Set app information

  1. In the App information page, add the details for your app. Depending on the app that you chose, some of the values in this pane might be automatically filled in.
    • Name: Enter the name of the app as it appears in the company portal. Make sure all app names that you use are unique. If the same app name exists twice, only one of the apps appears in the company portal.
    • Description: Enter the description of the app. The description appears in the company portal.
    • Publisher: Enter the name of the publisher of the app.
    • Minimum Operating System: From the list, choose the minimum operating system version on which the app can be installed. If you assign the app to a device with an earlier operating system, it will not be installed.
    • Ignore app version: Select Yes to install the app if the app is not already installed on the device. Select No to only install the app when it is not already installed on the device, or if the deploying app's version number does not match the version that's already installed on the device.
    • Install as managed: Select Yes to install the Mac LOB app as a managed app on supported devices (macOS 11 and higher). A macOS LOB app can only be installed as managed when the app distributable contains a single app without any nested packages and installs to the /Applications directory. Managed line-of-business apps will be able to be removed using the uninstall assignment type on supported devices (macOS 11 and higher). In addition, removing the MDM profile removes all managed apps from the device. The default value is No.
    • Included apps: Review and edit the apps that are contained in the uploaded file. Included app bundle IDs and build numbers are used for detecting and monitoring app installation status of the uploaded file. The app listed first is used as the primary app in app reporting.
      Included apps list should only contain the application(s) installed by the uploaded file in Applications folder on Macs. Any other type of file that is not an application or an application that is not installed to Applications folder should be removed from the Included apps list. If Included apps list contains files that are not applications or if all the listed apps are not installed, app installation status does not report success.
      Mac Terminal can be used to look up and confirm the included app details of an installed app.
      For example, to look up the bundle ID and build number of a Company Portal, run the following:
      defaults read /Applications/Company\ Portal.app/Contents/Info CFBundleIdentifier
      Then, run the following:
      defaults read /Applications/Company\ Portal.app/Contents/Info CFBundleShortVersionString
    • Category: Select one or more of the built-in app categories, or select a category that you created. Categories make it easier for users to find the app when they browse through the company portal.
    • Show this as a featured app in the Company Portal: Display the app prominently on the main page of the company portal when users browse for apps.
    • Information URL: Optionally, enter the URL of a website that contains information about this app. The URL appears in the company portal.
    • Privacy URL: Optionally, enter the URL of a website that contains privacy information for this app. The URL appears in the company portal.
    • Developer: Optionally, enter the name of the app developer.
    • Owner: Optionally, enter a name for the owner of this app. An example is HR department.
    • Notes: Enter any notes that you want to associate with this app.
    • Logo: Upload an icon that is associated with the app. This icon is displayed with the app when users browse through the company portal.
  2. Click Next to display the Scope tags page.

Step 2 - Select scope tags (optional)

You can use scope tags to determine who can see client app information in Intune. For full details about scope tags, see Use role-based access control and scope tags for distributed IT.

  1. Click Select scope tags to optionally add scope tags for the app.
  2. Click Next to display the Assignments page.

Step 3 - Assignments

  1. Select the Required, Available for enrolled devices, or Uninstall group assignments for the app. For more information, see Add groups to organize users and devices and Assign apps to groups with Microsoft Intune.

Note

Uninstall intend will only be displayed for LOB apps created with Install as managed set to Yes. For more information review App information section earlier on this article.

  1. Click Next to display the Review + create page.

Step 4 - Review + create

  1. Review the values and settings you entered for the app.

  2. When you are done, click Create to add the app to Intune.

    The Overview blade for the line-of-business app is displayed.

The app you have created appears in the apps list where you can assign it to the groups you choose. For help, see How to assign apps to groups.

Note

If the .pkg file contains multiple apps or app installers, then Microsoft Intune will only report that the app is successfully installed when all installed apps are detected on the device.

Update a line-of-business app

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center.
  2. Select Apps > All apps.
  3. Find and select your app from the list of apps.
  4. Select Properties under Manage from the app pane.
  5. Select Edit next to App information.
  6. Click on the listed file next to Select file to update. The App package file pane is displayed.
  7. Select the folder icon and browse to the location of your updated app file. Select Open. The app information is updated with the package information.
  8. Verify that App version reflects the updated app package.

To update a line-of-business app deployed as a .pkg file, you must increment the CFBundleShortVersionString of the .pkg file.

Intune will update the app when this schedule elapses, provided that any previous version of the app is still present on the device.

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