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Deploy an iOS app to testflight using Travis CI
language: objective-c
- ./scripts/travis/
- ./scripts/travis/
- ./scripts/travis/

Deploy an app automatically to testflight using travis ci.

  1. Copy the .travis.yml into your repo (replace app name, developer name and provisionin profile uuid)
  2. Create the folder "scripts/travis"
  3. Export the following things from the Keychain app
  4. "Apple Worldwide Developer Relations Certification Authority" into scripts/travis/apple.cer
  5. Your iPhone Distribution certificate into scripts/travis/dist.cer
  6. Your iPhone Distribution private key into scripts/travis/dist.p12 (choose a password)
  7. Execute travis encrypt "KEY_PASSWORD=YOUR_KEY_PASSWORD" --add
  8. Execute travis encrypt "TEAM_TOKEN=TESTFLIGHT_TEAM_TOKEN" --add
  9. Execute travis encrypt "API_TOKEN=TESTFLIGHT_API_TOKEN" --add
  10. Copy, and into scripts/travis
  11. Commit
security create-keychain -p travis ios-build.keychain
security import ./scripts/travis/apple.cer -k ~/Library/Keychains/ios-build.keychain -T /usr/bin/codesign
security import ./scripts/travis/dist.cer -k ~/Library/Keychains/ios-build.keychain -T /usr/bin/codesign
security import ./scripts/travis/dist.p12 -k ~/Library/Keychains/ios-build.keychain -P $KEY_PASSWORD -T /usr/bin/codesign
mkdir -p ~/Library/MobileDevice/Provisioning\ Profiles
cp ./scripts/travis/profile/* ~/Library/MobileDevice/Provisioning\ Profiles/
security delete-keychain ios-build.keychain
rm -f ~/Library/MobileDevice/Provisioning\ Profiles/*
if [[ "$TRAVIS_PULL_REQUEST" != "false" ]]; then
echo "This is a pull request. No deployment will be done."
exit 0
if [[ "$TRAVIS_BRANCH" != "master" ]]; then
echo "Testing on a branch other than master. No deployment will be done."
exit 0
# Thanks @djacobs
PROVISIONING_PROFILE="$HOME/Library/MobileDevice/Provisioning Profiles/$PROFILE_UUID.mobileprovision"
RELEASE_DATE=`date '+%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S'`
echo "********************"
echo "* Signing *"
echo "********************"
xcrun -log -sdk iphoneos PackageApplication "$OUTPUTDIR/$" -o "$OUTPUTDIR/$APPNAME.ipa" -sign "$DEVELOPER_NAME" -embed "$PROVISIONING_PROFILE"
zip -r -9 "$OUTPUTDIR/$" "$OUTPUTDIR/$"
echo "********************"
echo "* Uploading *"
echo "********************"
curl \
-F file="@$OUTPUTDIR/$APPNAME.ipa" \
-F dsym="@$OUTPUTDIR/$" \
-F api_token="$API_TOKEN" \
-F team_token="$TEAM_TOKEN" \
-F distribution_lists='Internal' \
-F notes="$RELEASE_NOTES" -v
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Thanks, it's working perfectly)

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ferbass commented Jul 4, 2013

<3 thanks man

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neophit commented Jul 8, 2013

@joshk any updates on integrating these scripts into Travis to make it easier for everyone? I would like to have a secure place in my Travis CI profile to upload my iOS developer certificates and private keys instead of committing them in public Github repositories. I know the private key is password protected, but I would prefer to keep sensitive data outside of public repositories.

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joshk commented Jul 9, 2013

Hey @neophit,

Yes and no. We want to add this but haven't had the time yet sorry. We also want to allow people to add certs or secure env vars in the UI and not have to store them in your git repo, but this is going to take longer.

If you would like to help out with this, in any shape or form, please email josh or henrik

Thanks a bundle,


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seivan commented Jul 28, 2013

So goood. <3

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Does this process still function. I have tried for several hours to find my provisioning profile UUID and cannot with Xcode 5. I continue to receive:

/Users/travis/ line 215: ./scripts/travis/ Permission denied

I have confirmed the encrypted key password is correct.

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@crazycabo and are creating and removing a directory, respectively. Try to give those files appropriate permissions:

- chmod +x scripts/travis/
- chmod +x scripts/travis/

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Can someone please help? I am getting this error in my Travis Build Log:

$ ./scripts/travis/
1 certificate imported.
1 certificate imported.
cp: ./scripts/travis/profile/*: No such file or directory
The command "./scripts/travis/" failed and exited with 1 during before_script.
Your build has been stopped.

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I am having the same problem with not being able to create the provisioning profiles directory. Anyone know how to do this now?

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@hpogosyan - did you get this working?

@spenrose - see the comment by kaspermunck.

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I was also having this issue:

cp: ./scripts/travis/profile/[NAME].mobileprovision: No such file or directory

In my case, my .gitignore file had a rule to ignore directories called "profile".

I added the following and committed the directory which fixed the issue:


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First of all. Thanks a lot. I think that continuous delivery of iOS apps will be a mainstream thing very soon.

Might I suggest moving this to a genuine repo so that it can be worked on in a more productive way?

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gibo commented Apr 14, 2014

@hpogosyan did you find a solution?

I'm also getting this error
cp: ./scripts/travis/profile/*: No such file or directory

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With the last update of Travis CI machines to Mavericks you should add this lines to before creating keychain:

security default-keychain -s ios-build.keychain
security unlock-keychain -p travis ios-build.keychain

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JagCesar commented May 8, 2014

If you have ! in your password, don't forget to escape it… :)

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JagCesar commented May 9, 2014

I have forked this and updated it so it works on Travis-CI (We're using it here at Wrapp now). I have also updates the README, hopefully it's easier to get it up and running :)

You find my fork at:

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When you unlock the keychain it maybe locked later on due to a timeout.
You can prevent this by adding security -v set-keychain-settings -lut 86400 ios-build.keychain in
This will set the keychain timeout to 24 hours and that should be enough to build your app.

Special Thanks to Jay Zeschin (

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taberrr commented Jul 5, 2014

To anyone getting that cp: ./scripts/travis/profile/*: No such file or directory error - I think there should be a "step 2a." above which should be: mkdir scripts/travis/profile then copy your appropriate Ad Hoc/Enterprise .mobileprovision file into that directory and commit it.

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pbek commented Oct 31, 2015

Thank you @johanneswuerbach for this tutorial and thank you @davebcn87 for your addition!

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fuer4869 commented Nov 3, 2015

@kaspermunck I met an issue with @crazycabo ,and i follow your answer to do it.But it still failed.

/Users/travis/ line 41: ./scripts/ Permission denied

$ chmod +x scripts/
$ chmod +x scripts/

and the certificate has been import success
1 certificate imported.
1 certificate imported.
1 identity imported.

I don't know how to do next , please help me !

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magusd commented Nov 4, 2015

The chmod +x worked for me and I'm not even deploying to testflight.
Thanks man

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You might be interested in trying as a simple alternative to scripting a basic CI.

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@fuer4869 I met an issue with you,how to do next?

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i dont think the test flight upload works due to the apple deal, can anyone confirm this?

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Is Travis CI capable of building and shipping my Ionic 2 app to Testflight / Hockey or direct install on the iPhones of my organisation? Thank you

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fenollp commented Nov 26, 2016

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I am working with this and not able to get how to create a TESTFLIGHT_API_TOKEN. Can someone please explain how we can generate that directly from developer.Testflight "" site. Thanks!!

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Are you based in Berlin by chance?


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for deploying over github, how to write travis script?

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