IOS 10 compile issue with team id


Posted on September 14th, 2016 • Updated on September 23rd, 2016

With iOS 10 comes a new Xcode version, and with a new Xcode version comes new and unexpected provisioning profile and code signing issues. The good news is that Xcode 8 brings better support for handling multiple developer teams, and can largely handle provisioning profiles automatically. The bad news is that Apache Cordova (and related tools like Adobe PhoneGap) won’t be able to make command-line release builds out of the box.

Xcode 8 Automatic Provisioning

I’ll start with this: if you want all the details about how code signing has changed in Xcode 8, you cannot do better than this very thorough explanation.

If you’re looking for a summary:

  • There is now a DEVELOPMENT_TEAM setting to specify the Apple Developer Team ID
  • The CODE_SIGN_IDENTITY setting should be a generic "iPhone Developer" identity (with no additional specificity)
  • The PROVISIONING_PROFILE setting should no longer be used.

Cordova Support

Development Team

The next release of Cordova-iOS will allow specifying a developmentTeam in build.json, which will be used to populate theDEVELOPMENT_TEAM setting.

If you’re looking to take advantage of that in the meantime, I’ve written a hook that you can add to your project. Save that file in your hooks folder, and reference it in your config.xml:

<platform name="ios">
  <hook type="before_compile" src="hooks/xcode8.js" />

Code Signing Identity

The second problem is that Cordova will automatically try to use "iPhone Distribution" as the identity when making a build with the release option. You can override this by specifying "iPhone Developer" in your build.json with the codeSignIdentity key.

This is confusing, but you should always use the "iPhone Developer" identity, even when making release builds.

Your updated build.json file should look something like this:

  "ios": {
    "debug": {
      "developmentTeam": "ABCD12345Z"

    "release": {
      "developmentTeam": "ABCD12345Z",
      "codeSignIdentity": "iPhone Developer"

Making a Distribution Build

Now your release builds are succeeding, but they still aren’t right because they’re actually being signed with the development certificate. In order to sign them with a distribution certificate, you’ll need to perform an archive step in Xcode.

Unfortunately this is a manual step in the Xcode IDE for now, but hopefully the next release of Cordova-iOS will be able to do this automatically.

Special thanks to Christian and Shazron for their help in figuring out the required config bits.
An enormous thank you to Samantha for her amazing post about Xcode 8 code signing changes, and being the only document that made any sense.


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