How to build iOS app in development mode?


We’re trying to build iOS app in development mode instead of distribution mode.

We’ve tried running exp build:ios and supplying development certificates instead of distribution certificates, but it didn’t worked (had build errors at the signing stage)

Is there a way to create IPA file with development certificates?


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can you elaborate on what your end-goal is here?

as in, what is the thing you want to accomplish - the thing that building with a development certificate would do for you

I’d like to test myself and have a stand-alone app to send to client/testers without Expo client

what you want is to use testflight then

That would require to have testflight client…
I’m trying to find a way to avoid that

then what you want is ad-hoc enterprise distribution

these are your only options on ios. i wish it wasn’t so locked down but so it goes

So you’re saying, there is really no way to build app with development certificates?
That’s strange, its normally just a flag during build process…

you can detach the project and try that if you want but it’s not going to do what you expect it to do

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