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!

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