How Netextender Clients Are Licensed

NetExtender clients are used to connect Windows and Mac devices to a remote desktop server. They are created by Tricky Media and include both free and commercial versions. The free versions are for basic use, while the commercial products can be used for more advanced features. The commercial versions are also open-source and offer complete access to the source code, allowing users to create their own customised products. The clients can be installed on both Linux and macOS devices and access a remote desktop that runs Windows or macOS.

Client Versions

There are two versions of the NetExtender client – one for basic use and another for more advanced features. The basic version is ad-supported and comes with limited features whereas the premium version is freemium and offers the user the option of paying a yearly or monthly fee for additional features. The basic version also doesn’t support connecting to Windows 10 or Mojave macOS devices. Similarly, the premium version also doesn’t support connecting to Windows 10 Enterprise or the upcoming Windows 10X operating system. However, both versions of the client support connecting to previous versions of Windows and macOS.

Server Versions

There are two versions of the remote desktop server – one for Windows and one for Mac. The Windows version is called Windows Terminal Services and is an official part of Windows 10. The Mac version is called Remmina and is available for download from the Mac App Store. The Windows version is more popular but the Mac version offers many advanced features such as multiple desktops, shared folders, clipboard sharing, etc. In addition, remmina can connect to a fully fledged Windows install via a virtual desktop (or “VD”) – providing an even more realistic experience for Mac users. It should be noted here that while both versions of the server support advanced features, not all versions of Windows or macOS devices can connect to a specific server. For instance, Windows 7 and earlier will not connect to a Windows 10 server. Similarly, macOS Mojave will not connect to a Remmina server. The good news is that most servers only require a minimal amount of operating systems to run, so it’s unlikely that you’ll encounter this problem often.

License Types

NetExtender clients and servers are all released under the MIT license, which is open-source and free to use as long as the source code is left intact. In addition to the MIT license, some components such as the Windows Terminal Services server are also released under the GPL, open-source software license that requires the source code to be made publicly available.


Help and support for NetExtender clients can be found on their website and via social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook. You can also download the program and look for support locally or from the community that created it – the Tricky Media team. If you’re experiencing trouble or have any questions about NetExtender, feel free to post on their forums – or email them directly at

For people looking for a way to access their Windows computers from a Mac, it might be best to look into a Virtual PC – or VMware Fusion for that matter. Both of these allow you to run Windows and other operating systems on a Mac device and provide you with a clean, uncluttered interface when needed. If you’re looking to connect to a remote Windows desktop though, then you might want to try out NetExtender instead.

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