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Create a Certificate for Development

To run an app on an iOS device without the Cordova developer app, you need to create it with a development or an Ad Hoc distribution provisioning profile. To create a development provisioning profile, you need a development certificate signed by Apple. With this development certificate, you can code sign an app during development in order to deploy it on device.

You can create a development certificate in the iOS Dev Center.

In the extension for Visual Studio, you can use the AppBuilder code signing assistance to create a development certificate and provisioning profile.



  1. Run Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari.
  2. In the iOS Dev Center, click Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles.
  3. In the drop-down menu in the top left corner, verify that iOS, tvOS, watchOS is selected.
  4. In the left-hand sidebar, select CertificatesDevelopment.
  5. Click +.
  6. Select iOS App Development and click Continue.
  7. On the About Creating a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) page, click Continue.
  8. On the Generate your certificate page, click Choose File.
  9. Browse to the location where the CSR file for your code signing request is stored, select it and confirm the upload.
  10. Click Continue.
  11. (Optional) Click Download to download your certificate.
  12. Click Done.

Next Steps

Add your certificate in AppBuilder.

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