Why does this exist?
Open Source MDMs are now among us. However to use an MDM system a special
Push Certificate for use with Apple's Push Notification Service is required.
In order to generate this certificate you need to be a part of Apple's
Enterprise Developer account. Pepijn Bruienne's blog post
details how to do this.
Is it legit?
Well, it's up to Apple (as usual). We've taken steps to follow Apple's specific
requirements for signing MDM Push Certificate requests to the letter.
That being said Apple could, at any time, revoke or pull your
specific certificate, or our entire signing certificate (which would, in turn
revoke your certificate). While we've enquired about this distribution
though a channel at Apple, we've received no official response on the
certainly or legality of it. Use at your own risk.
Why is my email address not allowed?
We block most free and disposable email accounts as a measure to prevent
individual use and personal devices. This is a requirement from Apple.
Why aren't individual use and personal devices allowed?
In the various agreements surrounding MDM Push Certificates
Apple very explicitly forbids individual use and personal devices from
obtaining and using MDM systems and the associated push certificates. You
will need to agree to these terms on this website to obtain a certificate and you
will need to agree to these terms when Apple signs your certificates (see
the instructions for more details).
Apple hasn't explained the specific reasons for this restriction.
Who's behind mdmcert.download?
MacTechs, a Seattle-based Mac-
and iOS focused outsourced IT consultancy is providing the mdmcert.download service.
Jesse Peterson, the initial author of
is a Senior Engineer at MacTechs. We're providing it as a service
to the community.