Last updated: 12-April-1999
Apple provides developers with pre-release software to allow for early compatibility testing, bug reporting, and technology adoption.

To access the ADC Seeding FTP site, follow these four steps:

Get Connected. Get an FTP Key. Request Access Code. Download Software.
If you are not an ADC member, learn more here. If you do not have a key, see "FTP Keys" below. Request an access code at (Your browser must accept cookies). Use an FTP client and your access code to download software.

For more information, refer to the weekly ADC Seed Update e-mail or the FAQ.

  • FTP Keys
    An "FTP key" is required to access the FTP site. Each Select and Premier membership includes five FTP keys that are assigned to the owner of the account. The owner of the Select or Premier account may then transfer their additional FTP Keys to other ADC Online members at their company. The FTP keys can be used as often as needed, and they are valid for the duration of the original membership.

  • ADC Seed CD
    Each Select and Premier membership includes one monthly ADC Seed CD that is mailed separately to the account owner. The CD generally contains the same software that is on the FTP site, however due to the time needed for worldwide delivery, the software on the CD is often not as current as that on the FTP site.

  • ADC Seed Update e-mail
    The "ADC Seed Update" is an e-mail that is customized and sent weekly to all ADC members who have an FTP Key (see "FTP Keys" above). This e-mail includes personal data (from your account profile) and instructions for accessing the server. It will also include any announcements of new software posted to the server.

  • Bug Reporting
    For complete instructions on submitting bug reports, please see

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    See our seeding FAQ for more information.

  • Prototype License, Confidentiality, and Export Compliance Information
    Seed software is protected under the Prototype License and Confidentiality Agreement that is included in the ADC membership terms and conditions. You are legally bound to ensure that only employees covered by your nondisclosure agreement get access to this software.

    Access to this software by any others is illegal and damaging to both Apple and those who develop for Apple platforms. Consequently, we have taken measures to ensure that unauthorized users do not get access to the files we make available to you. We sincerely appreciate your efforts to keep this software protected.

    This software is provided "as is" for testing and evaluation purposes only. Apple Computer, Inc. makes no warranties either expressed or implied, concerning the software. Accordingly, the software should not be used for deadline critical projects. You are specifically prohibited from giving the software to anyone outside of your organization for any reason and are bound by the Prototype License and Confidentiality Agreement.

    Products received from Apple may not be exported or reexported (i) into (or to a national or resident of) Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, Syria or any other country to which the U.S. has embargoed goods; or (ii) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons, U.S. Commerce Department's Table of Denial Orders and Entities List, or the U.S. State Department's Debarred List.

  • Technical Support
    Please see our Technical Support pages for more information.


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