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The ZDEW has an installer which is available for download from GitHub. Download the latest release here.

Please download Ziti.Desktop.Edge.Client-*.exe and follow the on screen instruction for installation.

Click Run Ziti Desktop Edge when installation completes.


Following this guide to create an identity and transfer the jwt file to your PC.

Go back to the Windows Desktop Edge widget and click ADD IDENTITY.


You will be brought to your file manager and should navigate to the directory where you saved the .jwt file in the previous steps. Click Open


Once the identity has been enrolled and registered you will see any services you have been granted. Status = Active and the IP/Hostname/Port of rendered services.



The ZDEW is composed of three main components: the data service, the monitor service, the UI. Communication among these processes is handled through IPC and requires the process to have been started by an interactive login.

The Data Service

The data service is the main workhorse of the ZDEW. It is built around the ziti-tunneler-sdk-c (and subsequently the ziti-sdk-c). It is responsible for creating the "TUN" (virtual network interface) as well as for configuring any routes necessary for IP-based intercepts.


The data service also has a DNS server listening at $TUN_IP + 1. For example, if the data service is configured to use the default IP, there will be a DNS server listening on

The Monitor Service

This component is delivered as a Windows service and is set to automatic, delayed startup. It has two main functions: automatic upgrades and diagnostic information.

Automatic Upgrades

This service will monitor the GitHub releases for new updates. It does this every ten minutes by default but could be configured if the user wants to change this to be longer. Shorter is not recommended.

Diagnostic Information

When the ZDEW runs into problems. The UI has a 'feedback' option in the main menu to generate diagnostic information, collect logs etc. This service performs that work resulting in a zip file saved into the logs folder.

The UI

The UI is currently a .NET UWP application. It is not necessary for this program to run for the ZDEW to function. It is exclusively for users to interact with the data and monitor services.


Logs for ZDEW are saved relative to the location of the installation. Normally this path will end up being: C:\Program Files (x86)\NetFoundry, Inc\Ziti Desktop Edge. In that directory should be a logs directory.

The logs directory has three subdirectories for each of the main components:

  • service - the logs for the data service
  • ZitiMonitorService - the logs for the monitor service
  • UI - the logs from the UI


The source for ZDEW is found on GitHub at