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Boot Runner

Startup Control Utility
For Dual-Boot Macs

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The ideal tool for managing dual boot Macs

Boot Runner puts admins in control of startup on dual boot Macs. It is an essential tool for labs, classrooms, and enterprise environments. Boot Runner also provides a seamless experience to help students, customers, and end users choose the right desktop.

Boot Runner’s scheduling feature ensures that multi-boot Macs are in a ready state when they need to be for software updates. Maintain Windows security compliance on Boot Camp easily and reliably.

Guide users with custom branding and program information on the Boot Runner Selection Screen to tailor content, saving time and support resources.

Manage all the settings from your MDM server. Included with Boot Runner 3 is access to a configuration profile creation web service to create, manage, and export configuration profiles for Boot Runner 3.

Current Version: 3.5 (history)

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Startup Control, Made Simple

What's New In Boot Runner 3

Updated UI

  • New Animated Text Effects
  • Return to Boot Runner Arrow at login window
  • Status Box with Boot Runner information
  • Updated background and icons

MDM Support

Boot Runner 3 includes access to a web-based, online tool to create, manage, and export configuration profiles for all Boot Runner settings. All settings are available via the web interface; it is easy to customize both the look and the user experience from a central location.

Much More

  • SIP compatibility and Secure Boot
  • Boot Runner Licensing
  • APFS support
  • Improved VoiceOver support
  • Over 25 more features and improvements

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Boot Runner Features

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  • Startup control for Macs with multiple operating systems
  • Support for virtual machine hosts
  • New screen customization options
  • Schedule startup into a boot volume
  • Custom selection screen popover text
  • Auto-login to macOS account
  • Auto-launch of virtual machine host
  • Custom login options
  • Support for APFS
  • Custom boot volume icons
  • Remote management of boot selection
  • Remote management of selection screen
  • Display or hide restart button
  • Display or hide shutdown button
  • Menu bar boot selector
  • Control virtual machine shutdown and logout
  • Custom marquee text formatting

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Fully Customizable and Fresh New Look

Completely customize the OS selection screen. Set a background image, customize the boot volume, change the OS badge, or show a custom message. All settings are customizable.

With Boot Runner 3, the OS selection screen has a fresh, new look. Get your message across with modern text effects. Easily see the time and status with the new status box in the lower right corner.

Return to Boot Runner Button on Login Window

New with Boot Runner 3! You can return back to the Boot Runner selection screen easily with the Return To Boot Runner button, available right on the login window screen. Boot Runner will automatically return to the boot selection screen if the user does not sign in, but why wait? The Return to Boot Runner button makes it happen instantly.

Manage with MDM Profiles

Boot Runner is easy to manage with your MDM. Create the configuration profile and all the Boot Runner settings with the profile web app included with Boot Runner and instantly push them out.

You can also quickly and easily create different sets of settings for different groups of Macs with Boot Runner right in the profile web app. Making a change is a breeze: just log in, update the setting, and push out via your MDM.

macOS, Windows, and Virtual Machine Support

Boot Runner supports booting in macOS, Windows installed on a Boot Camp partition, or any other OS installed in a virtual machine (such as VMWare Fusion or Parallels).  Boot Runner automatically handles restarting into the selected Operating System or launching the virtual machine.

When the user is done with their session, the Mac is returned to Boot Runner when they log out.

Scheduled Restarts

Boot Runner can automatically restart into a operating system at a specific time. This is great for keeping Windows up-to-date with updates, OS updates, or patching. You can configure Boot Runner to restart to the specified OS between specific time periods: Boot Runner will make sure that the Mac stays in that OS regardless of how many times the computer reboots.

New with Boot Runner 3: You can now specify the days of the week as well as the timeframe.

Works With 3rd Party Graphics Cards

The Boot Runner selection screen appears on top of the macOS login window. If you are using a third-party graphics card that does not show the standard Mac selection screen when holding down the Option key during initial boot, you can still use Boot Runner successfully since it appears over the login window.


If you have questions, we have answers! Read the Boot Runner 3 Admin Guide, scheduling a reboot for software maintenance, and setting up automated login for virtual machines. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Get in touch.

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System Requirements

  • macOS 13 Ventura or 14 Sonoma
  • Optional:
    • Boot Camp partition
    • Virtual machine operating system with a supported OS installed, such as Windows 10

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Boot Runner News & Tips


What’s New in Boot Runner 3.3

February 16, 2020
Command Line Interface A command line interface has been added to Boot Runner to allow admins to send commands from the command line for Boot…
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Boot Runner 3.1 Update

September 21, 2018
Boot Runner 3.1 adds in additional keys for customizing the Marquee font, as well as new functionality for Linux booting. Boot Runner 3.1 is a…
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