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macOS (On campus Computers and Apporto Virtual Desktop)

The Stanford AppStore is available on the cluster/checkout computers as well as the macOS Apporto Virtual Desktop ( Use the following instructions to install the thousands of free and open source applications available on Homebrew (

  1. Log in to a cluster computer. Then open the Stanford AppStore on the user dock.
  2. In the Stanford AppStore, search for “Homebrew” and click install in the “Install Homebrew Packages” policy.
  3. On the next page, click on the "Install" button again and then enter the Homebrew package name (from*
  4. Lastly, wait for the application to finish installing and a pop will show up with a log of the installation results.  Once successful, you should be able to find the application in Finder under the Applications folder. For command line apps you can access them in the Terminal app.
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* Note: Not all Homebrew packages will work on the cluster computers and LTS Technical Systems does not support any of the user installed homebrew packages.  For support for those packages, please contact the developer of those packages.

Windows (Apporto Virtual Desktop)

For Windows Apporto Virtual Desktop, users are not permitted to install their own software on the the virtual desktop.  However, a persistent virtual desktop license can be assigned to you from the Tech Desk that has administrative rights to install your own software. To make a request for access to the Persistent Windows Virtual Desktop, please file a ticket for the Tech Desk at (login with SUnetID) with the following details:

  1. Purpose of Usage: Please briefly describe the main reason or project that requires the use of a virtual desktop. This will help us prioritize requests during high demand periods.
  2. Expected Duration of Usage:
    • Start Date: Please indicate the date you'd like to begin using the virtual desktop.
    • End Date: The expected date by which you anticipate completing your tasks and returning the license.
  3. Any other relevant information: Any additional details that can help us understand or accommodate your request better.

Note: This is a limited service, available based on specific use cases and availability. Priority is given to student coursework. For research, users should contact their department’s IT support for the necessary resources.