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Create a Certificate for Production

To publish an app in the App Store or to distribute it to a limited number of devices, you need to build it with a distribution provisioning profile. To create a distribution provisioning profile, you need a production certificate signed by Apple. With this production certificate, you can code sign an app for publishing to the App Store, for in-house distribution or for distribution to limited number of devices.

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

In the extension for Visual Studio, you can use the AppBuilder code signing assistance to create a production certificate and a distribution 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 CertificatesProduction.
  5. Click +.
  6. Select the type of production certificate that you want to create and click Continue.
    • If you are enrolled in the iOS Developer Program, select App Store and Ad Hoc and click Continue.
    • If you are enrolled in the iOS Developer Enterprise Program, select In-House and Ad Hoc 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 certificate signing request is stored, select it and confirm the upload.
  10. Click Continue.
  11. (Optional) Click Download to download your certificate.

Next Steps

Add your certificate in AppBuilder.

See Also

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