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Easy iOS App Provisioning with Fastlane and Visual Studio for Mac  April 13, 2019 – 08:35 am

IOS developers know that app and device provisioning is a huge pain. Just to deploy an iOS app to a device for the first time, you must request a development certificate, generate a signing key, add a device in the Apple Developer Center, and create a development provisioning profile for the app that includes your device in the list of approved devices to deploy to. That was a mouthful.

We wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to get started with iOS development by streamlining this key pain point of app and device provisioning. Visual Studio for Mac now integrates with the open source project fastlane, which was created to simplify the app provisioning process from app and device provisioning to team provisioning management. In this blog post, you’ll learn how to quickly provision a new device and app in less than five minutes with the click of a few buttons.

Easy Provisioning with Fastlane

Sign into your Apple Developer Account using fastlane from Visual Studio for Mac.The fastlane toolchain has been integrated into Visual Studio for Mac 15.3. To access these features, simply change the updater channel to Alpha. Install fastlane from GitHub with HomeBrew, the installer script, or via Rubygems. To provision your apps, you’ll need to be a member of the Apple Developer Program.

File -> New Project

The best time to provision apps is at creation, so we’ve integrated fastlane directly into our File -> New Project wizard in order to ensure every app you create is properly provisioned. In Visual Studio for Mac, select File -> New Project -> iOS -> Single View App. Click Add Team.


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