How to Test Appdome Secured iOS Apps with Perfecto

Last updated March 3, 2024 by Appdome

Learn to efficiently test Appdome-Secured iOS Apps using the Perfecto Live Testing suite, a versatile testing platform for web and mobile applications. Appdome seamlessly integrates with top mobile testing solutions, enabling customers to enhance mobile app security within their existing application lifecycle, with the speed and agility of DevSecOps.

General Information About Testing in iOS Apps

The following table describes which Appdome protection features may be triggered and the reason why:

Appdome feature Reason
Prevent App Screen Sharing Perfecto performs screen recording, so if this feature is enabled all test videos may show a black screen
Anti- Debugging Perfecto signs the app as debuggable upon installation


Upload App to the Perfecto Repository

1. Log into your Perfecto cloud at <your-cloud>.

2. Click on “Account Setup”.

3. Select “Repository” from the top bar.

Perfecto Bar

 4. Click the upload button.

Perfecto Logo

5. Choose an app to upload.
6. Select and define additional data (e.g., private/public repository, name, tags), and then upload the app.

Perfecto Upload A File

Live App Testing

1. Switch to the “Manual Testing” tab on the top bar.

Manual Testing Perfecto

2. Pick a device and click “OPEN”.

Perfecto My Devices

3. Once the device is initialized, install your app by clicking the apps menu and then “INSTALL NEW”.

Perfecto Install Now

4. Choose your app from the repository folder, configure additional settings, and install it. Once installed, you can use the app and test it (Ensure “resign” is enabled).

Select App Perfecto Perfecto Install App2

In case of any issues with the app, please send the device logs to Appdome Support by following these steps:
1. End the test and mark your results to save them.
2. Enter the link to your report.

Release Device

3. On the top-right of the screen, look for the export button. Clicking it will open a dropdown menu from which you can download the device logs and iOS crash logs.

Export To Ppdf

Automating App Testing on iOS

When using Perfecto with Automate App testing on an Appdome protected app, certain security protections may be triggered due to advanced options that need to be enabled in Perfecto’s test environment.
Perfecto has several Appium capabilities, namely: a series of key-value pairs that allow you to configure your tests on Perfecto. For further details, see the Capabilities Builder – Appium webpage.
The iOS resign Appium capability can trigger Appdome protection features, as specified below.
BrowserStack-Specific Appium Capability Reason
iOSResign By enabling iOSResign (a must for working with iOS apps on Perfecto), Perfecto will resign your app and trigger Appdome’s Secure App Signature.

Troubleshooting Tips

  • Most automation test tools can typically be used in one of two modes: Emulator Mode and Real Device Mode (specific terms may vary according to the testing tool). If you use the automation test tool in “Emulator Mode” instead of “Real Device Mode”, the Appdome-secured application will not run on the device. This is expected because Appdome ONEShield protects apps from running on emulators/simulators. Instead, it is recommended to run the automation test tool on a real device.
  • If your mobile application closes/exits unexpectedly or you see the following message: “Application has violated security policies and it will be shut down”, this usually means that techniques are present which Appdome protects against, such as emulator mode, tampering, reverse engineering, or root hiding. Below are some of the likely causes:
    • The user may be running the testing tool in ’emulator’ mode, which Appdome protects against. To remedy this, run the test in ‘manual’ mode or using real devices.

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