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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 19, 2015 by r3tt
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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 19, 2015 by yashwantpinge
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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 19, 2015 by rajesh
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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 19, 2015 by vickeykumar66
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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 19, 2015 by vijayshukla80
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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 19, 2015 by thiru
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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 19, 2015 by param.oncemore
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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 19, 2015 by tushar2k6
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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 19, 2015 by yogeshplv
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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 19, 2015 by akasati02
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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 19, 2015 by rajesh
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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 19, 2015 by kinnari