How to create .ipa files?

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  1. DN7335 macrumors 6502

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    How does one create a valid .ipa file if you have the files in a .app folder? I tried zipping them and changing the extension to .ipa but that didn't work. Any help much appreciated.
     
  2. The General macrumors 601

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    1. Download the iPhone SDK.
    2. Apply to the paid developer program.
    3. Develop a program.
    4. Submit to the AppStore and get approval.
     
  3. DN7335 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, very helpful.

    Actually, I figured it out on my own, so I'm all set. I'll be sure to remember your suggestions though, thanks bud...
     
  4. sallywon macrumors newbie

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    .ipa files

    Thank you it was helpfull for me too.
     
  5. stealthieOne macrumors newbie

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    so what did you do? how do you do it?
     
  6. rtztgue macrumors regular

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  7. DN7335 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    For those who asked :)

    Create a folder called Payload and place the .app folder inside of that. Zip up the Payload folder using normal compression, then rename the file with a .ipa extension.

    One thing to note is that if you want the app's artwork to appear in iTunes (rather than a generic app icon), you need to place a file called iTunesArtwork (with no extension) into the zip file on the same level as the Payload folder (not in it). This is actually a jpeg file of a 512x512 image and this will appear in iTunes for the app. When I was converting folders, I didn't have the original images so I just left them off, the app works fine you just get the generic icon.
     
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  9. The General macrumors 601

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    Seriously? I have 1800 posts on this forum, most of which are about iPhone hacking. :rolleyes:
     
  10. 123321 macrumors newbie

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    How to create ipa file automatically?

    I need to create ipa file automatically. I create ipa using ditto:
    ditto -c -k --keepParent -rsrc ./Payload ./program.ipa
    and this works (iTunes takes program.ipa).
    But after I add iTunesArtwork file to the archive (program.ipa) my iTunes doesnt take program.ipa.
    How can I correctly add both Payload and iTunesArtwork to the ipa?
     

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