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Publish iOS apps: Get developer certificate file

 

The first thing you need to take to publish your iOS app is getting a developer certificate file. Follow these steps to get a developer certificate file:

Step 1: Prepare on Apple developer center

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  • Choose Certificates, Identifiers, and Profiles

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  • On the left sidebar, choose Certificate/Production then click on Add (the plus icon on the right corner)

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  • Scroll down and tick on “App Store and Ad Hoc”

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  • Then click on “Continue” and you are now moved to “Generate your certificate” section.

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Step 2: Prepare on your Mac (or computer runs MacOS)

  • Open Spotlight search and search “keychain”.
  • Follow Keychain Access/ Certificate Assistant/ Request a Certificate from a Certificate Authority

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When you are directed to “Certificate Information”, please fill out all required information: 

  • Your Apple account email as “User Email Address”
  • iOS certificate distribution as “Common Name”

Then you tick on “Saved to disk”. Next, you save this file as “iOS_Distribution” and now you get an iOS-Distribution file.

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  • Come back to your account on developer.apple.com, click on “Choose file” to upload the iOS_Distribution file you have just created. Then, click on “Continue”.

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  • After that, double click on the file you have just downloaded and open “Keychain Access”. Now you find “iPhone Distribution” and “iOS Certificate” and export these 2 items. Then, save this file as “iOS Distribution”. Please note that the file format is (.p12)

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  • The system will require you to set a password for the file you have just downloaded. This step is compulsory to set the file’s security.

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  • You also have to type password which is password of your Mac and tick on “Always Allow”

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When you complete these steps, you will get an iOS distribution file (or Developer’s Certificate or P12 file).

 

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