Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client For Mac Beta


Microsoft has introduced a new Remote Desktop app for Mac that’s now available to test in beta form. The update brings a brand new user interface and new features, and you can try it out and submit your feedback today. On June 1, 2016, Microsoft released an update to it’s Remote Desktop client for Mac OS X via the Mac App Store. The update to version 8.0.32 broke some functionality for people.


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What’s New

This update adds a dismissible banner to the app UI to message the fact that the client will be deprecated soon. You can start using the new version of Remote Desktop today by downloading Microsoft Remote Desktop 10 from the App Store.

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It's quite nice, but leaks memory like a sieve


It feels like a native macOS application, and it works well if you just want to connect for short periods, but if you use it for a long time, e.g. you leave a connection active overnight or for a few days, then the memory consumption becomes a huge problem. It quickly becomes the top-memory consuming app (and second is Outlook for Mac). This slows down the entire Mac! Also, it's not very great if you want to connect to one-off IPs, you sorta have to create a new connection and save it to your list before you can connect. It would be nice if you could have saved connections as well as have the ability to connect to a single IP once in a while.

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Coming from a windows background and using Remote Desktop Connection Manager.. using this app was a pain. No groups, no tile view, no centralised credential management. I recently started using Microsoft’s beta version of the same app and it is way, way better. Beta version supports multple groups of connections, centralised creds, tile view with preview, supports command copy / paste / etc. It’s not on the app store, but just search for it and make sure you use a microsoft link.


Its mostly pretty good, Cut/Copy/Paste sometime does not work well, but would love to be able to organise all my sessions within folders instead just stuck under “My Desktops”, an option for starting the session in maximized window (without scroll bars) would be the icing on the cake.


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I sometimes have to use Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac for remote access to a Windows 7 machine from an iMac running MacOS X 10.6.6 (Snow Leopard).

Making the mental switch to use the Control key CTRL in place of the Command key CMD while in the Remote Desktop window (e.g. CTRL-C to copy instead of CMD-C) is a pain and a source of constant errors.

I would like to be able to map the CMD key to output a CTRL key on my Mac, but only when accessing the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac application. Remote Desktop Connection lets you map a number of other keys via its Preferences . . . but not the CMD key.

I.e. in any other Mac application, CMD would act like CMD. However, in Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac, CMD would act like CTRL.

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Answering my own question. :-P

Shortly after posting, I googled across an application called Karabiner that does precisely what I needed it to do (in addition to a lot of other stuff).

Specifically, you can map the left and right Command keys to be Control keys in only Remote Desktop Connection and VMs.

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Microsoft Remote Desktop beta adds support for Cmd+X/C/V as well as Ctrl+X/C/V to cut/copy/paste within a remote session. (Note: Clipboard redirection will be available in a later update.)

You can also add custom mappings by navigating to the Resources/Keyboard directory within the application contents, and opening the ClipboardActionTransformations.xml file in a plain text editor.


You can simply set this checkbox in the Preferences / General section:

Update 2

Some were suspicious of the hockeyapp site, despite the author being 'Microsoft Remote Desktop'. This TechNet blog post from announces the beta app and provides the same hockeyapp URL.


Install the application Karabiner

Once installed, open Karabiner:

Download Remote Desktop Connection Client

  • From the 'Change Key' tab, expand the 'For Applications' section

  • 'Enable at only Remote Desktop Connection Client' sub-section

  • Check 'Change command key to control key in RDC'

Now when you use the new RDP app, you can continue to use Cmd instead of Ctrl.

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Like previous answers, I too, used Karabiner. Most Excellent App!

What I did differently tho, was to add a custom key mappings to mitigate the MAC command v. control buttons in the Terminal.

In my situation, I'm using a Logitech keyboard sooo no Apple-Command Key.

Remote Desktop Connection Manager For Mac

Essentially, what I did was Map the MAC Command key to the Control Key. My reasoning was that I wanted to preserve common Ctrl-Key sequences that MAC maps to Command-Key Sequences (i.e. Ctrl-F, for find). Also, I needed to preserve the true Control sequences, such as Ctrl-C for SIGINT. Basically we're multiplexing the Control key some.

After installing Karabiner, I was not able to get Ctrl-c to send the unix (SIGINT) initially. However, once I modified the private.xml, I got that working.


  1. Download the Karabiner .dmg file from:
  2. Double-click the .dmg file to install it.
  3. Once Karabiner is installed, bring up the key mappings.
    3.1 DO NOT map the either Command_L or Command_R to anything. Leave them unchecked.
    3.2 Map the Control_L & Control_R to the respective Command_L & Command_R.
  4. Next, edit the private.xml file. Helpful link:
    4.1 Add the following snippet:

  5. Hit the reload button, and you should be good.
  6. Please note that in the Terminal window, if you want to copy/paste text, you will select it with the mouse or whatever. However, to now copy it to clipboard, you will need to use rt-click->copy from the mouse. Remember, we remapped Ctrl-C (which used to be 'copy'), and is now SIGINT.
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