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How to convert *app to *ipa
1. Create a folder called Payload
2. Place the .app folder inside of that
3. Zip up the Payload folder using normal compression
4. Then rename the file with a .ipa extension
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@refriedfood refriedfood commented Dec 5, 2017

It may be more beneficial to elaborate on this, eg. Commands and directories and examples.

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@darrellbear112 darrellbear112 commented Dec 8, 2017

how to convert ipa to app?

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@dsp1589 dsp1589 commented Apr 24, 2018

@darrellbear112 change the extension to .zip and unzip it. you will find Payload/YOUR_APP_NAME.app

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@MacKaSL MacKaSL commented May 1, 2018

Can you explain the difference between exporting build from organizer and using this method?

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@Victor-Lerman Victor-Lerman commented Jul 13, 2019

Very interesting

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@jx13xx jx13xx commented Jul 14, 2019

What is the .app folder?

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@vdkuipb vdkuipb commented Jan 21, 2020

Hero

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@sherin80 sherin80 commented Mar 9, 2020

but cant install on iphone

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@hesampour hesampour commented Apr 1, 2020

can it be installed on iphone? and
then how to install .ipa to iphone?

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@shinriyo shinriyo commented May 5, 2020

mkdir Payload?? is it actually Payload name?

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@IRPsimp IRPsimp commented Jul 3, 2020

I made an easy-to-use windows tool for this purpose, you can check it out here: apptoipa-converter.

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@Victor-Lerman Victor-Lerman commented Aug 26, 2020

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@Big-coconut Big-coconut commented May 31, 2021

Would you do this on a mac? Or on a different device?

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@shinriyo shinriyo commented May 31, 2021

mkdir -p ios/iphoneos/Payload
mv ios/iphoneos/youe_app_name.app ios/iphoneos/Payload
cd ios/iphoneos
zip -r app.ipa Payload
rm -rf Payload

rename youe_app_name

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