What is Ad Hoc Distribution?
Ad Hoc Distribution allows you to try an application before it’s available in the iTunes App Store. This is how we distribute iPhone applications to beta customers.
These instructions assume you have a .zip file. You can also look at instructions for .ipa files.
Developers, if you have any customers running Windows Vista, you’re better off distributing with an .ipa file, so that iTunes handles the unzipping. To create a .ipa, move your AppName.app directory into a new directory called Payload, then zip the Payload folder and change the file extension to .ipa.
What You’ll Need
Before beginning the installation process you’ll need:
- The .zip file for the application (usually AppName.app.AdHoc.zip)
- The .mobileprovision file for the application (usually Ad_Hoc_Distribution_Profile.mobileprovision)
- Your Device: the iPhone or iPod Touch whose UDID you emailed us previously (Remember?)
- The computer you normally sync with your Device
- We usually send the .zip and .mobileprovision files to you via email.
Installing the Application – Windows XP
Extract the .zip file. To do this, right-click the .zip file and select Extract All… . Step through the wizard and accept the defaults by clicking Next.
Find the .app folder (usually AppName.app).
Drag-and-drop the whole .app folder onto Library → Applications in iTunes. On the Mac, you can just drag it onto the iTunes icon in the dock.
Verify that the application shows up in Library → Applications. Note that it will not have its normal icon.
In iTunes, select your Device under Devices, choose the Application tab, and make sure that the new application is checked.
Sync your Device and try out the new app!