Fastlane is a tool that helps automate the deployment of iOS and Android apps. This file will talk exclusively about the iOS side of Fastlane and why it’s awesome.



Deploying iOS apps is a confusing and long process, from managing certificates to creating provisioning profiles to uploading your app to the app store, Fastlane knows this and attempts to make your life easier by automating everything to do with deployment.

At Langley Foxall we use Fastlane & it’s various tools to do the following

As you can see, it’s incredibly powerful. All these things previously were done by hand and could take a few hours if this was the first time deploying, this has been cut down to mere minutes and all by running one command.

Core Concepts

Fastlane is configured by multiple sets of lanes, these carry out a list of steps you define. This can be anything from just incrementing the build number to building the app, taking screenshots, uploading to the app store & submitting for review.

Lanes are stored in fastlane/Fastfile which is generated when you initialize Fastlane for your project by running fastlane init

Below is an example lane:

lane :release do
  upload_to_app_store       # Upload the screenshots and the binary to iTunes
  slack                     # Let your team-mates know the new version is live

Running the command fastlane release will run each of the above steps sequentially, that’s it.

this is a work in progress