Twitter Releases New fastlane iOS Code Signing Automation Tool

Posted 12/14/2015 10:07:48 AM by RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

Twitter Releases New fastlane iOS Code Signing Automation Tool
Twitter has been busy releasing functional open source tools made possible through its acquisition of fastlane in October. The latest tool in the fastlane arsenal is match, a new tool that helps automate the code signing process.

The tool helps alleviate challenges for development teams which have separate code signing identities for every member which can result in a large number of profiles including a lot of duplicates. With match, fastlane has created a central place where all code signing identity and profiles are kept by using a separate private Git repo to sync profiles across multiple machines. match will:

- Generate code signing identity and provisioning profiles if necessary.
- Stores everything in a separate Git repository
- Automatically installs the certificates and provisioning profiles from the repository.

When creating a private Git repo, certificates and profiles are stored there so there is one code signing identity for an entire team. Fastlane‚Äôs match automatically fetches the latest certificates from the remote Git repo and installs them on a local machine. If a profile is missing, fastlane will automatically generate one and upload it to a Git repo. match will store the iOS certificates provisioning profiles and the files are encrypted using openssl. 

You can learn more about how the tool works through these guidelines.

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About the author: RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

As the Publisher and Editor for App Developer Magazine, Richard has several industry recognitions and endorsements from tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google for accomplishments in the mobile market. He was part of the early Google AFMA program, and also involved in the foundation of Google TV. He has been developing for mobile since 2003 and serves as CEO of Moonbeam Development, a mobile app company with 200 published titles in various markets throughout the world. Richard is also the founder of LunarAds, a mobile cross-promotion and self-serv mediation network for developers. He has been a featured presenter at trade-shows and conferences, and stays active with new projects relating to mobile development.

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