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Submitting to the Apple App Store

This guide outlines how to submit your app to the Apple App Store from your own computer and from CI.

Prerequisites

  • A paid developer account is required to submit an app — you can create an Apple Developer account on the Apple Developer Portal.
  • You will also need to have EAS CLI installed and authenticated with your Expo account: npm install -g eas-cli && eas login.

1. Build a standalone app

You'll need a native app binary signed for store submission. You can either use EAS Build or do it on your own.

2. Start the submission

To submit the binary to the App Store, run eas submit -p ios from inside your project directory. The command will lead you step by step through the process of submitting the app. See the Configuration with eas.json page to learn how to pre-configure your submission.
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Although it's possible to upload any binary to the store, each submission is associated with an Expo project. That's why it's important to start a submission from inside your project's directory - that's where your app configuration is defined.
If you have not generated an App Store Connect API Key yet, you can let EAS CLI take care of that for you by signing into your Apple Developer Program account and following the prompts. You can also upload your own API Key or pass in an Apple app-specific password.
To upload your iOS app to the Apple App Store, run eas submit --platform ios and follow the instructions on the screen.
The command will perform the following steps:
  • Log in to your Expo account and ensure that your app project exists on EAS servers.
  • Ensure that your app exists on App Store Connect and its Bundle Identifier is registered on Apple Developer Portal:
    • You will be asked to log in to your Apple Developer account and select your team. You can also provide this information in eas.json by setting appleId and appleTeamId in the submit profile. The Apple ID password has to be set with the EXPO_APPLE_PASSWORD environment variable.
    • The command will look for ios.bundleIdentifier in the app config.
    • If you are submitting your app for the first time, it will be automatically created. Unless expo.name in your app configuration is found or appName is provided in eas.json, you will be prompted for the app name. You can also specify your app's language and SKU using language and sku keys in eas.json. If you have never submitted any app before, you may also have to specify your company name with companyName.
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    If you already have an App Store Connect app, this step can be skipped by providing the ascAppId in the submit profile. The ASC App ID can be found either on App Store Connect, or later during this command in the Submission Summary table.
  • Ensure you have the proper credentials set up. If none can be found, you can let EAS CLI set some up for you.
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    Do you want to use your own credentials?
    App Store Connect API Key: Create your own API Key then set it with the ascApiKeyPath, ascApiKeyIssuerId, and ascApiKeyId fields in eas.json.
    App Specific Password: Provide your password and Apple ID Username by passing them in with the EXPO_APPLE_APP_SPECIFIC_PASSWORD environment variable and appleId field in eas.json, respectively.
  • Ask for which binary to submit. You can select one of the following:
    • The latest successful iOS build for the project on EAS servers.
    • Specific build ID. It can be found on the builds dashboard.
    • Path to an .ipa archive on your local filesystem.
    • URL to the app archive.
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    This step can be skipped if one of the following CLI parameters is provided: --latest, --id, --path, or --url.
  • A summary of the provided configuration is displayed and the submission process begins. The submission progress is displayed on the screen.
  • Your build should now be visible on App Store Connect. If something goes wrong, an appropriate message is displayed on the screen.

Submitting your app using CI

The eas submit command is able to perform submissions from a CI environment. All you have to do is ensure that all required information is provided with eas.json and environment variables.
You must do the following:
  • Provide the archive source (--latest, --id, --path, or --url).
  • Make sure that the iOS Bundle Identifier is present in your app config file.
  • Set the ASC App ID (ascAppId in eas.json). The ASC App ID is required to skip the Apple Developer log-in process, which will likely not be possible on CI due to the 2FA prompt.
  • Set up your App Store Connect API Key with EAS Servers. You can check the state of your credentials by running eas credentials or by running eas submit -p ios interactively.
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    Do you want to use your own credentials?
    App Store Connect API Key: Create your own API Key then set it with the ascApiKeyPath, ascApiKeyIssuerId, and ascApiKeyId fields in eas.json.
    App Specific Password: Provide your password and Apple ID Username by passing them in with the EXPO_APPLE_APP_SPECIFIC_PASSWORD environment variable and appleId field in eas.json, respectively.
Example usage:
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→ eas submit -p ios --latest --profile foobar

Manual submissions

If you ever need to submit your build without going through EAS Submit, for example if the service is temporarily unavailable for maintenance, you can upload to the Apple App Store manually from a macOS devices.
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How to upload to the Apple App Store manually from a macOS device

Creating an entry on App Store Connect

Start by creating an app profile in App Store Connect, if you haven't already:
  1. Go to App Store Connect and sign in. Make sure you've accepted any legal notices or terms at the top of the page.
  2. Click the blue plus button by the Apps header, then click New App.
  3. Add your app's name, language, bundle identifier, and SKU (this isn't seen by end users, it can be any unique string. A common choice is your app's bundle identifier, e.g. "com.company.my-app").
  4. Click Create. If this succeeds, then you've created your application record.

Uploading with Transporter

Finally, you need to upload the IPA to the Apple App Store.
  1. Download Transporter from the App Store.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Add the build either by dragging the IPA file directly into the Transporter window or by selecting it from the file dialog opened with + or Add App button.
  4. Submit it by clicking the Deliver button.
This process can take a few minutes, then another 10-15 minutes of processing on Apple's servers. Afterward, you can check the status of your binary in App Store Connect:
  1. Visit App Store Connect, select My Apps, and click on the app entry you created earlier.
  2. Scroll down to the Build section and select your newly uploaded binary.

Automating submissions

To learn how to automatically submit your app after a successful build, refer to the "Automating submissions" guide.
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