Match is a tool by Fastlane which implements a best practice guide for handling certifcates and provisioning profiles in a team.
Match essentially stores encrypted certifcates inside of a Git repo that we control, when you want to setup your Mac to use our development and production certs, Match downloads them from the Git repo, decrypts them with the encryption key you provide and then installs them in your keychain. It will also handle generation of production and development provisoning profiles for your current project.
Getting your machine setup to be able to start developing or deploying apps is incredibly easy, just follow the steps below.
Repeat the below steps for the following commands based on your needs.
fastlane match appstorefor production certificates & profiles
fastlane match adhocfor production certifcates & adhoc profiles
fastlane match development for development certificates & profiles
core.mdfor more Fastlane details)
If you cast your eyes back to the previous section, you’ll see that Fastlane will ask you to enter your bundle identifiers at some point, this can be inferred from your current project by setting up match to work with the project.
Before anything, please ensure you have created an App ID on the member center with a bundle identifier that matches the bundle identifier of your app.
If your project already has a
Matchfile then Match has already been setup for your project so you only need to run one of the four commands in the previous section to download the correct provisioning profiles.
If your project doesn’t have a
Matchfile then you need to init Match for your project, run the command
fastlane match init, you can then proceed with the commands in the above section.
Every year or so the distribution & development certificates will expire as they’re valid for a year from the date of creation - as a result of this all provisioning profiles created with those certs will be invalidated.
This means that Match will no longer hold correct certs and profiles, you also won’t be able to build the app for testing or push any builds to the appstore. Thankfully this isn’t too big of an issue and can be easily resolved with a bit of manual work.
apple-certsrepository from the company Github and delete the relevant provisioning profiles for the expired cert in the
profilesfolder (if only development expired only delete all development provisioning profiles etc).
fastlane match appstorefor distribution &
fastlane match developmentfor development)
That’s it - you’ll have to re-run match for any project that previously had it’s provisioning profile managed by Match.
fastlane match [option]I get so far but then I get the following error
An app with that bundle ID needs to exist in order to create a provisioning profile for it- This is because Match cannot create App IDs on the member center, you’ll have to do that manually.
git pullin one of your projects) also make sure you provide Fastlane with the
.gitssh url when asked.