Software :: Update Services for Mac


Mac users on campus can benefit from using the munki managed software update service to get automatic updates for official HSU Mac applications like Mathematica, Adobe Acrobat Pro, or TurningPoint clicker software as well as for operating systems, browsers and data security. Using munki enables users to avoid the disruption of interrupt-driven individual application update notifications, and can also be used to download and install certain HSU-licensed applications with just a single click; once the application is installed, munki will take care of keeping the software up-to-date. Munki can also be used to try out new software applications licensed by HSU.

Who's it for?

System Configuration

Munki is compatible with OSX 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8

Additional Information

Munki installs the same updates that can be downloaded and installed manually. There is no change in user permissions, and the software permits users to install these HSU-approved software and updates without the need for an administrator password.

Accessing This Service

A munki pop-up window will appear on your screen when an update to any HSU-authorized application is available. The update process can also be accessed manually in Applications -> Utilities -> Managed Software Update.

Using This Service

Munki will automatically perform the necessary updates and installations if no-one is logged into the system when the new software becomes available, so it's important to log out of your Mac regularly to ensure these software updates can take place. Users can also choose to run munki manually from Applications -> Utilities -> Managed Software Update.

When run, munki displays a pop-up window with a list of the software available at that time (which may be zero). If software is available, you'll see a list from which you can choose updates to install automatically. You can also use munki to try any new software program that's been licensed by HSU, click Optional Software and place a checkmark next to the software you're interested in using. Uncheck the box to remove the software if you decide you don't want to use it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Software delivered via munki is installed centrally on the HSU network. The service works only in designated areas on campus.


The use of University-owned systems and software is governed by CSU's Responsible Use Policy. See also the policy section of the ITS website at for information about other policies relevant to software usage.