Build Your iOS App

October 27, 2021 PWA Builder documentation

Once you’ve built your iOS app using PWABuilder, you’re ready for your next steps:

  1. Build your project in Xcode
  2. Test your app: Run your project in Xcode to try out your PWA on an iPhone simulator or physical iOS device.
  3. Submit your app to the iOS App Store

What you’ll need:

Each step is explained below.

1. Build your project in Xcode

Your zip file contains a src folder containing the source code for your iOS app. You’ll need a Mac with Xcode installed to build this project.

Unzip the src folder and open a terminal in src and execute the following command:

pod install

💁‍♂️ Heads up:

If you get an error running pod install, you’ll need to first run this command: sudo gem install cocoapods. Once completed, you can run pod install.

Then, open the src/[your PWA name].xcworkspace file.

This will open the project in Xcode. In Xcode, click Product > Build to build your project.

2. Test your app an iPhone simulator

With the project opened in Xcode, click ▶️ to run your PWA in an iPhone simulator. You may also choose other iOS simulators to try our your app on those devices.

If you need to debug your PWA while it’s running inside an iOS device, click ▶️, then launch Safari. In the top menu bar, choose Develop -> Simulator [device name] -> [Your PWA's URL]. Safari Dev Tools will open, allowing you to execute arbitrary JS, set breakpoints, etc. See PWABuilder iOS FAQs for more info.

3. Upload your app to the iOS App Store

Once you’ve built and tested your app, it’s ready to be uploaded to the iOS App Store.

See Publish your PWA to the iOS App Store for a step-by-step guide to publishing your PWA iOS package to the iOS App Store.

Need more help?

Check out our PWABuilder iOS FAQs for answers to frequently asked questions about PWABuilder’s iOS platform.

If you’re stuck, we’re here to help. You can open an issue and we’ll help walk you through it.


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