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How to manage your iOS provisioning profiles without Xcode?

Most people use Xcode to manage their provisioning profiles. You log in with your Apple account and download the required provisioning profiles. This actually works pretty well as it gives you a good overview of all the downloaded provisioning profiles. By right-clicking on the provisioning profile, you can navigate to the correct file in Finder.… Continue reading How to manage your iOS provisioning profiles without Xcode?

  • iOS
  • Mobile development

By Thomas Van den Bossche · 1/21/2017 7:15:24 PM

Most people use Xcode to manage their provisioning profiles.
You log in with your Apple account and download the required provisioning profiles. This actually works pretty well as it gives you a good overview of all the downloaded provisioning profiles.

Xcode management for provisioning profiles
Xcode management for provisioning profiles

By right-clicking on the provisioning profile, you can navigate to the correct file in Finder.

Xcode Show in Finder
Xcode Show in Finder

And now you notice that every provisioning profile is not named like you have named it on the Apple Developer Center.

iOS provisioning profiles in Finder
iOS provisioning profiles in Finder

It’s not problematic as you can jump to the correct provisioning profile from Xcode, but I prefer them being named like I named them on the Apple Developer Center.
A tip I found in this video is adding the folder with the provisioning profiles (can be found in /Users/[your-username]/Library/MobileDevice/Provisioning Profiles/) to the sidebar in Finder.

Finder sidebar
Finder sidebar

Now you can download the provisioning profile from the Apple Developer Center itself.
Don’t double-click on it (because the name is also scrambled when you do this) but drag it in this folder.
Now you can manage your provisioning profiles as organized as on the Apple Developer center!



  • iOS
  • Mobile development

By Thomas Van den Bossche · 1/21/2017 7:15:24 PM

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