Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Install iPhone / iPad / iOS App IPA without iTunes or Xcode

Using the great libimobiledevice library http://www.libimobiledevice.org/, originally built to manage iOS devices on Linux, it's possible to do a bunch of cool things, including installing an app directly on a connected device without needing to use iTunes or Xcode.

Here's how:

Now connect your iDevice, open Terminal.app and type:

ideviceinstaller -i myApp.ipa

Note: Your IPA will need to have a valid code signature and mobileprovision file for the install to succed. This system is NOT a way around iOSs security!


  1. Is there a way to view the log in the iphone terminal app??

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  3. Hi, Being an experienced cell phone app developer & working in a iphone app development company. Our company have best developers for iPhone apps. You have publicly shared a document having alot of technical points which would be helpful for developers.

  4. @JohnRead: and that is wonderful because Apple does not seem to be concerned about developers at all.