How to Sign Secured iOS Apps Without Xcode

 

Signing iOS apps is required before the app can be installed on a mobile device. A valid signature ensures the integrity of an app and stands as proof that the app has not been tampered with. Your best option is to sign secured iOS Apps without Xcode on Appdome.

This Knowledge Base article covers how to sign iOS apps using Appdome’s built-in Sign workflow.

We hope you find it useful and enjoy using Appdome!

Why Sign Secured iOS Apps Without Xcode

As an Appdome user, you can sign any Appdome-built app either by using Appdome’s built-in signing capabilities or using your own mechanism outside of Appdome. It’s your choice. However, If you wish to deploy apps from Appdome, the process is quick and easy for any iOS app, including Native iOS, hybrid apps and non-native apps built-in Xamarin, Cordova, React Native, Ionic and more. Deploying apps from Appdome will leverage unique capabilities such as Automatic deployment of Fused apps into the Apple App Store and Leading EMM Stores.

3 Easy Steps to Sign Secured iOS Apps Without Xcode

Follow these step-by-step instructions to sign secured iOS Apps without Xcode.

Select the Sign Tab. Note: a blue underline will appear showing the step is active.

Within Sign, follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Select “On Appdome” as the signing method.
  2. Upload your P12 Certificate File, P12 Certificate Password and Provisioning Profile.
  3. Click Sign My App.

Notes:

If your secured app contains any Extensions or Frameworks, multiple provisioning profiles will be required. Upload Provisioning Profiles to match the required entitlements for each Extension or Framework. The best practice is to upload a Provisioning profile to match each executable in the app. Read more information on signing apps with Extension or Frameworks.

If Appdome-GO or Appdome-DEV are enabled on your account, you will be presented with an option to save the signing credentials for the current template. Click “Save” if you wish to save the credentials for this Template. Notice, if you click “Skip”, your signing credentials will not be saved and will be required every time this Template is used to Build an app.

Appdome makes signing ios apps on Appdome easy

When you click Sign My App, Appdome will analyze the built app’s extensions, frameworks are resources and calculate a checksum that represents an exact state of each component within the app. Embedding the checksum into the app’s executables will ensure that the app can’t be modified or tampered with once the signing is complete.

Learn more about Appdome’s Checksum Validation, learn more information on additional Anti-Tampering features provided by Appdome.

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Congratulations! You now have a signed Fused app ready to deploy.

Prerequisites to Sign Secured iOS Apps Without Xcode

Please follow these steps to add a mobile app to your Appdome account.
If you don’t have an Appdome account, click here to create an account.

Complete the Build and Context workflow.

In order to sign your iOS app, you’ll need a valid signing certificate stored in the iOS development environment. To use your signing credentials, you’ll need access to the following.

  • Please follow these steps to add a mobile app to your Appdome account.
  • If you don’t have an Appdome account, click here to create an account.
  • Appdome account
  • Built (Fused) mobile app
  • P12 Certificate File – A P12 certificate file is a certificate and private key concatenated into a single file, protected by a password.
  • P12 Certificate Password – The password used to unlock your P12 certificate file.
  • Provisioning Profile – A Provisioning Profile allows you to install apps onto your iOS device and includes the signing certificates, a list of supported device identifiers, entitlements, and an App ID.

For more information and a detailed manual on how to create Signing Credentials, please read this knowledge base article.

What to Do After Signing iOS Apps

Deploy the Appdome-Build App to a Mobile Device

Once you have signed your Appdome-Build app, you can download to deploy it using your distribution method of choice. For more information on deploying your Appdome-Build apps, please read this knowledge base.

That is it – Enjoy your Fused app!

How Do I Learn More about Signing iOS Apps on Appdome?

Request a demo at any time.

If you have any questions, please send them our way at support@appdome.com or via the chat window on the Appdome platform.

To zoom out on this topic, visit The Appdome Platform section on our website.

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