Apple Letting Devs Invite Beta Testers Using New TestFlight Public Links

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is introducing a new TestFlight feature that is designed to allow developers to create public links to invite new beta testers to try out their apps.

    According to Apple, developers can enable a public a public link that can be shared with multiple users at one time, alleviating the need to send out individual invites. Potential beta testers can click the public link to install the app through TestFlight.
    Apple first announced public links as an upcoming feature in June, but the Apple didn't make it available for developers until today.

    Developers have the option to create a public link that allows for a limited number of testers. TestFlight supports up to 10,000 testers for each app that's being beta tested.

    Article Link: Apple Letting Devs Invite Beta Testers Using New TestFlight Public Links
  2. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Bit behind the news on this one. It's been available for a week or more.
  3. mariusignorello macrumors 68000

    Jun 9, 2013
    Conveniently after the beta of Siri Shortcuts. ;)
  4. Junior117 macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    Probably want to fix this...
  5. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    One app I use lets you beta test directly; you download the .ipa and then trust the dev's certificate. How come more apps don't do it this way? It seems far more convenient.
  6. jonblatho, Sep 26, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2018

    jonblatho macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2014
    …going to some strange website, getting an .ipa, installing it on the device (which last I checked requires a computer), going into Settings to trust a certificate, then not being notified of updates is easier than using TestFlight?

    News to me.

    I haven't tried the TestFlight public link process yet, but I do know how it works for closed betas:
    1. Obtain an invitation from the developer
    2. Redeem the code sent via email in the TestFlight app
    3. Install the app
    …and that's it.
  7. macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2014
  8. Sir Ruben macrumors 68000

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    It works very well, already a tester for Hive, Deezer, and an amazing game called Sky (the next game by the people who made Journey).
  9. Scooz macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2012
    Long overdue. The current process of adding a test user was too cumbersome for a quick invite.

    Not on the dev’s side as you have to register the tester’s device by its cryptic ID and even include it in the certificate. Also, the number of external users is limited, so these were usually saved for internal purposes/private betas.

    Right, that will basically look the same, but it‘s much easier now than before from the dev‘s point of view for adding a/many user(s) on the fly or let them add themselves via that link.

    And after all, it‘s a great promo tool.
  10. MarchyStar macrumors newbie


    Mar 27, 2017

    The TestFlight invite process made so little sense we basically never used this in the wild to invite beta testers.
    For private testers (be in internal or friends of the company) we used Fabric/Beta, which is instant to upload (no processing / app review) and then push out to Production for any testing/wider iteration (essentially making TestFlight utterly useless)

    There may actually be a place for a public Beta once again! =)

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