How to Add Information about the Release in Android & iOS Apps
Learn to Add information about the release in Mobile apps, in mobile CI/CD with a Data-Driven DevSecOps™ build system.
What is the Add Release Info feature?
The Add Release Info feature allows adding useful metadata to the relevant file, either AndroidManifest.xml in android or Info.plist in IOS.
The metadata items being added are:
- Appdome Release
The Appdome version number used for fusing the app. This number is split to three parts, which are separated by a “.”.
- Appdome Build ID
A string token used for identifying the fused app binary in fusion.appdome.com. For example, this number can be used for finding the app in the support log.
In the example shown below, if the version number is 4.12.1, toggling the Add release Info feature on in an Android environment can add the following lines to the AndroidManifest.xml file:
<meta-data android:name="appdomeRelease" android:value="4.12.1"/> <meta-data android:name="appdomeBuildID" android:value="f88bff70-795c-11ed-b524-7307160b02c2"/>
Why Should I add Release Information?
This feature is part of Appdome Developer Options on Appdome’s no-code mobile app security cyber defense automation platform. The Add Release Info feature simplifies the task of finding out, easily and quickly, what the Appdome Release and Appdome Build ID are.
Prerequisites to Using Add Release Info:
To use Appdome’s mobile app security build system to Add information about the release , you’ll need:
- Appdome account (create a free Appdome account here)
- A license for Add Release Info
- Mobile App (.ipa For iOS device or .apk or .aab For Mobile)
- Signing Credentials (see Signing Secure Android apps and Signing Secure iOS apps)
Add information about the release on Mobile apps using Appdome
On Appdome, follow these 3 simple steps to create self-defending Mobile Apps that Add information about the release without an SDK or gateway:
Upload the Mobile App to Appdome.
Upload an app to Appdome’s Mobile App Security Build System
Upload Method: Appdome Console or DEV-API
Mobile App Formats: .ipa For iOS device or .apk or .aab
Add Release Info Compatible With: Obj-C, C+, Java, JS, C#, C++, Swift, Kotlin, Flutter, React Native, Unity, Xamarin, and more
Build the feature: Add Release Info.
Congratulations! The Add Release Info protection is now added to the mobile app
Building Add Release Info by using Appdome’s DEV-API:
Create and name the Fusion Set (security template) that will contain the Add Release Info feature as shown below:
Follow the steps in Sections 2.2.1-2.2.2 of this article, Building the Add Release Info feature via Appdome Console, to add the Add Release Info feature to this Fusion Set.
Open the Fusion Set Detail Summary by clicking the “...” symbol on the far-right corner of the Fusion Set, as shown in Figure 1 above, and get the Fusion Set ID from the Fusion Set Detail Summary (as shown below):
Figure 2: Fusion Set Detail Summary
Note: Annotating the Fusion Set to identify the protection(s) selected is optional only (not mandatory).
Follow the instructions below to use the Fusion Set ID inside any standard mobile DevOps or CI/CD toolkit like Bitrise, App Center, Jenkins, Travis, Team City, Cirlce CI or other system:
Figure 1: Fusion Set that will contain the Add Release Info feature
Note: Naming the Fusion Set to correspond to the protection(s) selected is for illustration purposes only (not required).
Building the Add Release Info feature via Appdome Console
To build the Add Release Info protection by using Appdome Console, follow the instructions below.
Where: Inside the Appdome Console, go to Build > Security Tab > Appdome Dev Options section
How: Toggle (turn ON) Add Release Info, as shown below.
Figure 3: Add information about the release option
When you select the Add Release Info you'll notice that your Fusion Set you created in step 2.1.1 now bears the icon of the protection category that contains Add Release Info
Figure 4: Fusion Set that displays the newly added Add Release Info protection
Click Build My App at the bottom of the Build Workflow (shown in Figure 3).
Certify the Add Release Info feature in Mobile Apps.
After building Add Release Info, Appdome generates a Certified Secure™ certificate to guarantee that the Add Release Info protection has been added and is protecting the app. To verify that the Add Release Info protection has been added to the mobile app, locate the protection in the Certified Secure™ certificate as shown below:
Figure 5: Certified Secure™ certificate
Each Certified Secure™ certificate provides DevOps and DevSecOps organizations the entire workflow summary, audit trail of each build, and proof of protection that Add Release Info has been added to each Mobile app. Certified Secure provides instant and in-line DevSecOps compliance certification that Add Release Info and other mobile app security features are in each build of the mobile app
Using Appdome, there are no development or coding prerequisites to build secured Mobile Apps by using Add Release Info. There is no SDK and no library to code or implement in the app and no gateway to deploy in your network. All protections are built into each app and the resulting app is self-defending and self-protecting.
Releasing and Publishing Mobile Apps with Add Release Info
After successfully securing your app by using Appdome, there are several available options to complete your project, depending on your app lifecycle or workflow. These include:
- Customizing, Configuring & Branding Secure Mobile Apps
- Deploying/Publishing Secure mobile apps to Public or Private app stores
- Releasing Secured Android & iOS Apps built on Appdome.
All apps protected by Appdome are fully compatible with any public app store, including Apple App Store, Google Play, Huawei App Gallery and more.
- Appdome Crash Reports for Android & iOS Apps
- Appdome Diagnostic Logs for Troubleshooting Secured iOS Apps
- Understanding Appdome Version Numbering
If you have any questions, please send them our way at support.appdome.com or via the chat window on the Appdome platform.
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