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xcode 6 how to pick signing certificate provisioning profile for ad hoc distri

xcode 6 how to pick signing certificate provisioning profile for ad hoc distri  using -'ios,ios8,xcode6'

To distribute the app to our testers we use Xcode, which we do using the following process:

Archive application
Distribute for Ad-Hoc
Choose provisioning profile
Save the .ipa to a folder

But with Xcode 6, this workflow was changed a bit. I can still select the Ad-Hoc distribution option, but I cannot select the provisioning profile I want. This gives us no control over which signing certificate is used and the provisioning profile configuration (we use push notifications).

By default iPhone distribution signing identity is used and some kind of XC Ad Hoc provisioning profile is generated, which can be seen on image below:
If you click the arrow near provisioning profile, it opens the folder with provisioning profiles.

So my question is:

Is there any way in Xcode 6 to select the provisioning profile used with Ad Hoc distribution?


asked Oct 11, 2015 by sachin wagh
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I was facing same issue, resolved using command line "xcodebuild" tool script, which is preinstalled with XCode6 (didn't need to re-install XCode5).

Script in terminal:

xcodebuild -exportArchive -archivePath $projectname.xcarchive -exportPath $projectname -exportFormat ipa -exportProvisioningProfile 'Provisioning Profile Name'
answered Oct 11, 2015 by vijayshukla80
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I had a similar issue when submitting to The App Store. I created an archive, then clicked "submit" and Xcode wanted to automatically sign with the default "XC com.*" wildcard provisioning profile instead of the explicit profile that already had.

To fix this, I just re-generated the profile on the Apple Developer Portal:

1) Go to and find the distribution provisioning profile you want to use.
2) Select it, click "Edit", re-name the profile, and click "Generate".
3) Download the provisioning profile to the Desktop and drag it onto the Xcode 6 icon.
4) Re-start Xcode 6.
5) Open the organizer window and click "Submit" on the archive you built. Xcode will automatically pick your explicit profile instead of the generic one.

answered Oct 11, 2015 by vijayshukla80
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It seems the last generated provisioning profile wins right now. So you can just re-generate the profile you want and download it and Xcode will use it.

A slightly better approach: set the desired prov profile in your target and use the command line to build your ipa, that works, too.

Here is the script, I'm using:


# Current as working as of 2014/09/22
# Xcode 6


rm "$OUTPUTDIR/$APPNAME.ipa" #deletes previous ipa
xcodebuild -workspace "$APP_WORKSPACE" -scheme "$SCHEME" archive -archivePath "$OUTPUTDIR/$APPNAME.xcarchive"
xcodebuild -exportArchive -exportFormat ipa -archivePath "$OUTPUTDIR/$APPNAME.xcarchive" -exportPath "$OUTPUTDIR/$APPNAME.ipa" 

and my settings:

Xcode settings

answered Oct 11, 2015 by tseetha
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Once you are in Organizer

  • Select the ad-hoc build and click "Export...."
  • Select "Save for Ad Hoc Deployment" -> Next
  • Instead of selecting an organisation from the drop down select "Use local signing asset" -> Choose
  • Export and save .ipa as before.

Of course you need to have generated, downloaded and installed the ad-hoc provisioning profile.

answered Oct 11, 2015 by 20shahi
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I couldn't figure this out either - got bit by it when submitting to the AppStore, where it defaulted to a wildcard profile.

I ended up building in Xcode 6, then going back to Xcode 5's Organizer window for the submission. That way it'll prompt you to pick a profile to sign with.

answered Oct 11, 2015 by rajeevr642
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This worked for me:

  1. click "View Accounts.." within the " a Development Team.." dialog.
  2. click "View Details.." and find the XC Ad Hoc provisioning profile.
  3. right click on that profile and chose "Show in Finder".
  4. delete the selected profile.
  5. go back to the dialog in step 1.
  6. click "Chose".
  7. click the arrow near provisioning profile to open the provisioning profiles directory.
  8. delete again the generic profile like in step 4.
  9. click "Previous" button from the "Send [application name] to Apple:" dialog.
  10. select again "Save for Ad Hoc Deployment"
  11. click again the "choose" button.

now you should see the right provisioning profile name.

answered Oct 11, 2015 by sachin valanju
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I have a workaround for this that works for me.

I have both Xcode 6 and Xcode 5.1.1 installed, Xcode 6 is in Applications and Xcode 5.1.1 is in another directory. When I want to do a build I use Xcode 6 to create the Archive. But you can also see the created Archive in Xcode 5.1.1 so I use Xcode 5.1.1 to distribute the Ad Hoc .ipa using the provisioning profile that I want to use. So build using Xcode 6 but distribute using Xcode 5.1.1.

answered Oct 11, 2015 by tseetha
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In Xcode 6 (at least 6.1 I am using now)when you are doing the export for ad hoc, xcode 6 will automatically scan if there is any provisioning profile contains all devices registered in the developer account and at the same time match the bundle ID. If no, it will use XC provision profile. Therefore, if you want to use your own profile, for example, for the purpose of push notification, you will need to select all devices in your profile on apple developer portal. I guess that's the reason why some people recreate profile would work and some wouldn't.

btw,use script can export and upload to testflight, but device just can't download it. probably somewhere I got wrong. if anyone knows why it is, pls let me know. tks

answered Oct 11, 2015 by suyesh.lokhande
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Here are the two key points that solved the problem for me.

  • When you generate the provisioning profile, it needs to be linked to an Explicit App ID that uses the same bundle identifier as your app. A wildcard App ID will not work.
  • When you export the app for ad-hoc deployment, select Use local signing asset in the dropdown and click Choose.

Xcode will then find the correct provisioning profile by matching up the App ID with the bundle identifier of the app.

answered Oct 11, 2015 by vimaldas2005
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In fact, you need to create a new Distribution profile, specific for Ad Hoc Deployment. This can be found in the classic member center, but it is a new type of certificate.

You can then select which devices can be used to test the app as ou would do with a developer profile.

And the newly created certificate will be available when you export your package from the Organizer the usual way.

Alternatively you can use the TestFlight solution provided by Apple with iOS 8 to enable your user to have access to prerelease.

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answered Oct 11, 2015 by abhimca2006
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I had the same problem, finally I solved it regenerating the profile that I wanted to use in Xcode 6 including all the devices that I have registered on my iOS Dev account, doing it that way, when selecting export it shows the correct profile and I can do the Ad Hoc export with Xcode 6 without using a script. Hope it helps.

answered Oct 11, 2015 by mannumits1
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The answer from @MrPatol did not work for me. My working scenario for Xcode 6.3.2

In Member Centre -> iOS Provisioning Profiles

  • Delete provisioning profile which was set by default when you were trying to build the app (e.g. "XC..."). Create an ad-hoc provisioning profile (not production) with a short name.

In iPhone Configuration Utility -> Provisioning Profiles

  • Delete the same provisioning profile (e.g. "XC...")

In Xcode -> Organizer

  • Select the ad-hoc build and click "Export...." Select "Save for Ad Hoc Deployment" -> Next
  • Select an organisation from the drop down
  • Check that your new ad-hoc provisioning profile is selected automatically
  • Export and save .ipa as before.
answered Oct 11, 2015 by tseetha
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I've been stuck for a while with this ,, but using Crashlytics solved it , build distributed using the selected profile in the build settings of your Xcode project .

hope it helps somebody .

answered Oct 11, 2015 by ukohale
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Almost the same problem. After creating an archive for distribution (Product > Archive) you export the archive (click Export...) and choose "Save for Enterprise Deployment"; then "Next". You then select the "Development Team" default (e.g. organisation name) and click "Choose". Finally you will be presented with a summary view that also lists the provisioning profile that Xcode automatically has found (maybe created on-the-fly) for you. This MIGHT be the wrong provisioning profile (typically a wildcard provisioning profile, like "XC: *") and MIGHT be happening because there already is a wildcard provisioning profile on the developer portal. The wildcard provisioning profile MIGHT be used by other older project and maybe it is not wise to just remove the wildcard provisioning profile from the developer portal.

I used a support ticket for this and only got this link back Not really a big help.

I have found that MrPatol's solution also works for Enterprise Deployment as well and solves the problem for us. I first logged into the developer portal and manually create a provisioning profile that suited my app. Then downloaded and installed the new manually created provisioning profile.

answered Oct 11, 2015 by balvant maurya
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In answer to your specific question, no there is no way to select the provisioning profile to be used. What are you attempting to do? (i.e. what does the profile that you want to select allow that the automatically generated one doesn't?)

answered Oct 11, 2015 by sandeep bhadauria