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.

  5. iPhone APP Development Company is appreciating as You've out done yourself this time. Great job here.