Here’s the gist of how you can build your iPhone app from the command line. Change into the folder that contains your *.xcodeproj, and run the following:

xcodebuild -target "My Target" -scheme "My Scheme"
  -configuration Release clean archive

This will generate an xcode archive (*.xcarchive) in ~/Library/Developer/Xcode/Archives/DATE/… somewhere.

Now you’ve got your xcarchive, and assuming that your project was set up to sign using an ad-hoc provisioning profile, how to generate the IPA file that you can submit to TestFlight for your testers?

/usr/bin/xcrun -sdk iphoneos PackageApplication
  -o "/absolute/path/to/MyApp.ipa"

Note that PackageApplication somehow only works if you use absolute paths. So ~ and relative paths don’t work – beware of that.

Now, if you’re clever, you can script all this with ruby to be nicely automated. I’ll get into that in another post. This is part one of a series on continuous integration of iOS apps that i’m working on…

Thanks for reading! And if you want to get in touch, I'd love to hear from you: chris.hulbert at gmail.

Chris Hulbert

(Comp Sci, Hons - UTS)

iOS Developer in Sydney.

I have worked at places such as Google, Cochlear, News Corp, Fox Sports, NineMSN, FetchTV, Woolworths, and Westpac, among others. If you're looking for a good iOS developer, drop me a line!

Get in touch:
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