Distribute your iPhone app over the air
Sat Aug 05, 2017 · 335 words

Do you need to download and install an ipa directly from an URL? Is it possible? The answer is yes, to distribute your app over-the-air (OTA, this means without using TestFlight or the official App Store), you may need to create 3 different files, namely:

There are two ways of generating above mentioned files:

  1. Using Beta Builder (MacOS only)
  2. Manually

Using Beta Builder

You can also do this more manually.


First create index.html file

<a href="itms-services://?action=download-manifest&url=https://myWeb.com/MY_TEST_APP/manifest.plist">
Tap Here to Install<br />Your App 1.0 <br />Directly On Your Device

Create manifest.plist

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
                <string>1.0 (4)</string>
                <string>Your App</string>

Host these files on an HTTPS server. You can use Dropbox for this if necessary.

Notes: If the app refuses to install or run, you may need to check the following items:

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