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Mastering Xcode: Develop and Design, Second Edition by Joshua Nozzi, Maurice Kelly

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Chapter 10. Deploying

To deploy an application, you must build it in Release mode. Whether you’re turning the application over to an employer, selling it on your own website, submitting it to Apple’s App Store, or just sharing it with a friend, your application must be built for release. In Xcode 4, this is accomplished most directly with the Archive action.

Archiving

There are certain steps that should be taken when preparing an app for deployment—building with optimizations, stripping debug symbols, or digitally signing the executables, to name a few. To simplify switching between the standard build configurations—Debug and Release—Xcode provides an Archive action that produces a Release build by default.

Creating the Archive

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