HockeyApp iOS App Distribution#

This guide shows how to configure iOS app distribution from Semaphore to HockeyApp using Fastlane.

For an introduction to building iOS apps on Semaphore, see the iOS tutorial.

First, make sure to configure your project to use Fastlane, match, and code signing by following the Code signing for iOS projects guide.

To submit your build to HockeyApp, you should install the Fastlane plugin that provides the functionality with this code:

$ bundle exec fastlane add_plugin appcenter

Consult the AppCenter documentation to learn how to obtain an API token and other configuration variables.

For Semaphore to have access to AppCenter, you can create a secret with environment variables that hold the credentials and pass them to Fastlane:

$ sem create secret hockeyapp-env \
    -e APPCENTER_API_TOKEN="<API token for AppCenter>" \
    -e APPCENTER_OWNER_NAME="<owner name>"

Define a Fastlane lane with this code:

# fastlane/Fastfile
platform :ios do
  desc "Submit the app to HockeyApp"
  lane :prerelease do
    match(type: "adhoc")
    gym
    appcenter_upload(
      app_name: "<your app name>",
      ipa: "<path to ipa (from gym), default is './<your app name>.ipa' >"
      notify_testers: true # Set to false if you don't want to notify testers of your new release (default: `false`)
    )
  end
end

Now, to make the AppCenter environment variables available during the CI build, modify your Semaphore configuration file and add a new block like this:

# .semaphore/semaphore.yml
version: v1.0
name: Semaphore iOS example
agent:
  machine:
    type: a1-standard-4
    os_image: macos-xcode12
blocks:
  - name: Submit to HockeyApp
    task:
      env_vars:
        - name: LANG
          value: en_US.UTF-8
      secrets:
        - name: fastlane-env
        - name: ios-cert-repo
        - name: hockeyapp-env
      prologue:
        commands:
          - checkout
          - bundle install --path vendor/bundle
      jobs:
        - name: Fastlane build
          commands:
            - bundle exec fastlane prerelease

Semaphore maintains an example open source iOS project with working Fastlane and Semaphore configuration for your convenience.