ActionPad Server Setup

Mac Download

DMG - 5.2mb


Windows Download

Installer (exe) - 3.3mb


Alternatively, you may download the Java .jar executable found here (3.1mb).

Setup Instructions:

Before you attempt to install the ActionPad server, please make sure you have the latest version of Java installed. ActionPad requires Java 1.8 or later to run. You can install the latest version here.


Double click the DMG file you just downloaded. You should see something like this:

Once you have copied the ActionPad Server into your Applications folder, launch the app from the Applications folder. You should see an icon appear in the top right of your menu bar. Clicking this icon allows you to interact with the server application to connect devices and change server settings.


Download and double click the installer exe file. Verify with Windows that you trust this file, and this screen should come up:

Follow the on screen instructions to complete the installation. Once done, launch the ActionPad Server app. Windows Firewall may ask permission to run this app. If you want ActionPad to work over a private network, make sure you check the box to allow this. You should soon see an ActionPad bolt icon appear in your system tray at the bottom right of your screen. Right clicking this icon allows you to interact with the server application to connect devices and change server settings.

Connecting Devices

To connect devices, make sure the server is running. In the ActionPad app, it will attempt to scan your WiFi network for ActionPad servers. If your computer is scanned, you will see it in the found devices list. If not, tap Manual Add in the top right corner, and enter the details used to connect to your computer, which can be found in the "Connect Devices" screen of the server application.

The connect devices window

The add computer screen in-app

If the device is successfully able to reach the server application running on your computer, you should see a message like this come up:

Once you have successfully connected to your computer from the app, the app will indicate a successful connection, and you may begin using ActionPad to control your computer remotely. I hope you enjoy using ActionPad!

Having Issues?

If you are having trouble connecting your device, please make sure you don't have any firewall or antivirus software preventing devices from connecting to the ActionPad server on your computer. Also please make sure you start the server on the same wifi network. If you get a message saying the server is having trouble running on the current port/address, please go into the ActionPad server settings menu and try a new port.

If you change WiFi networks or your IP is changed while the ActionPad server running, you must go into settings, reset defaults (to change to the new IP), and update the server for it to work over the new network.

If you are still having issues and you cannot seem to solve the problem, please E-mail me at

Created by Andrew Arpasi