macOS standalone Client

Twingate offers a standalone macOS app that can be installed without using the App Store or having an Apple ID. A PKG installer for the standalone macOS can be downloaded from the Twingate download page. Specific versions may be downloaded from the Client changelog under their respective macOS changelog.

The standalone macOS Client uses a system extension to enable its VPN adapter. If this sytem extension is not enabled, Twingate will not be able to connect to your network. See the guide below for more information on setting up and troubleshooting the system extension.

The standalone Client supports automatic updates and will keep itself up to date.

Getting started

To download the standalone Client, visit the Client changelog and look for the download button next to the latest macOS changelog.

Double click on the PKG file downloaded and go through onboarding to get set up! Follow the steps at our general macOS onboarding guide to get started.

After going through onboarding, you will need to enable the system extension when first connecting to your network.

Enabling the system extension

When first connecting to your network, you will be asked to enable a system extension. You must enable this system extension for Twingate to connect to your network.

Click “Open System Settings” to enable to the system extension (or if you clicked “OK”, open System Settings and follow the next steps).

In System Settings, navigate to the “Privacy & Security” section in the sidebar. Scroll down to the “Security” section and look for a panel that says “System software from application ‘Twingate.app’ was blocked from loading.” Click on “Allow” to enable the system extension.

Afterwards, the status of the system extension can be found at the bottom of the Privacy & Security page under “Extensions”.

Distributing the standalone Client

To distribute the standalone Twingate client via MDM, follow your MDM specific guides for distributing a PKG:

Existing pre-configuration steps (i.e. pre-configuring which network your users will connect to) will continue to work with the standalone app. This includes disabling automatic updates.

Pre-enabling the system extension

When distributing the app to end-users, you can use a macOS profile to automatically enable the system extension. We’ve created an example .mobileconfig that you can use when deploying the standalone Client.

Troubleshooting

Twingate won’t connect to my network

  • Check that the system extension is enabled:
    • Walk through the steps in the above section on enabling the system extension.
    • If no message is present, scroll down to the “Others” section and click on “Extensions”. Ensure that Twingate is enabled (this may be under “Added extensions” and the “Networking” section).
  • Ensure that Twingate.app is located at /Applications/Twingate.app, as system extensions will not work if the app is run from a different directory.

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