Installing an Ad Hoc Distribution
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
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
AppName.app directory into a new directory
Payload, then zip the
Payload folder and
change the file extension to
What You’ll Need
Before beginning the installation process you’ll need:
.zipfile for the application (usually
.mobileprovisionfile for the application (usually
- 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
.mobileprovision files to you via email.
Installing the Application - Windows XP
- If you have the
.mobileprovisionfiles in an email, save them to a convenient location, such as your Desktop.
- Drag-and-drop the
.mobileprovisionfile onto Library → Applications in iTunes. On the Mac, you can just drag it to the iTunes icon in your dock.
- Extract the
.zipfile. To do this, right-click the
.zipfile and select Extract All… . Step through the wizard and accept the defaults by clicking Next.
WINDOWS VISTA USERS: The built-in “Extract All…” command corrupts the application so that it cannot be installed. You should try using a different zip program like WinZip or WinRar to extract the Zip file. Better yet, ask the application developer to send you the application as a
.ipafile instead of a
.zipfile, then you don’t have to unzip it.
- Find the
- Drag-and-drop the whole
.appfolder 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!
If you run into any trouble installing an app, please email the application developer. Please don’t email us here at Inner Fence unless you’re having trouble with one of our apps (probably Credit Card Terminal).