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Pre-Release Software

Access to pre-release software is included in Apple Developer Connection Select and Premier memberships. Providing developers with early access to Mac OS X, Xcode Tools, Mac OS X Server, development kits, documentation, samples, and demos allows for early compatibility testing, bug reporting, and technology adoption. To access pre-release software, follow the steps below.



  1. Join the Apple Developer Connection

    ADC Select and Premier memberships include five (5) ADC Software Seed Keys. An "ADC Software Seed Key" is required to access pre-release software. These keys may be transferred to other developers, used as often as needed, and are valid for one year from the date of purchase of the original membership. Any transfer of assets may be made only to another ADC member at your company.

  2. Stay Informed

    The "ADC Seed Update" is sent by email to all ADC members who have an ADC Software Seed Key. This email includes announcements of new software posted to the ADC Member Site, bug reporting instructions, contents of special mailings as they occur, and other helpful info for members using pre-release software in their development efforts.

    Special sets of bootable discs are delivered to ADC Software Seed Key holders when appropriate.

  3. Download Software

    Log into the ADC Member Site and proceed to the Downloads area to view a list of available pre-release software. Click on the name of a seed component to intiate a download. Owners of a valid ADC Software Seed Keys may access the Downloads area of the ADC Member Site as often as needed.

  4. Learn More about Pre-Release Software

    Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.



Prototype License, Confidentiality, and Export Compliance Information

Pre-release software is Apple Confidential Information and your use of such software is subject to the Apple Developer Connection Programs Terms and Conditions, including the Prototype License and Confidentiality Agreement attached thereto. Distributing the software to anyone other than an ADC member who is working for the same entity as you is considered a violation of your agreement with Apple and is damaging to both Apple and those who develop for the Apple platform. We sincerely appreciate your efforts to keep this software Confidential.

You agree that you will not export or reexport any of the software or Confidential Information received from Apple (a) into (or to a national or resident of) any U.S. embargoed countries (currently, Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria; or (b) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals or the U.S. Department of Commerce Denied Person's List or Entity List. You also agree that you will not use said software for any purposes where prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture or production of nuclear, missile, chemical or biological weapons.