Step by Step Guide to Configuring Your Apple Developer Account

Published Dec 16, 2015Last updated Mar 21, 2017
Step by Step Guide to Configuring Your Apple Developer Account

Creating a CSR (Certificate Signing Request)

The very first thing you need to do is create a Certificate signing request (CSR) to generate a private key. Without it, your certification will not generate from the Apple Member center. Thus, the following steps are required to generate a CSR:

  • Open your spotlight/search and open your keychain access. Then, click on Keychain Acces > Certificate:

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  • Select Request a Certificate From a Certificate Authority to get this:

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  • As you can see, you need to add your email on User Email Address. This should be the same as your name or the client's name on Common Name, and then the CA Email (if you want to email the CSR to your email address. ). But generally, you have to save your CSR locally, so click on the Continue button.

  • After that, you need to set the path which folder you want to save this CSR to, and click ok.

So this is the process to generate CSR.

Create a Certificate in Your Apple Developer Member Center.

  • To create a Certificate in your developer account, you need to login at Apple member center and go in to Certificates Identifiers & Profile.

  • In Certificates Identifiers & Profile, click on "Certificates" under iOS Apps

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  • After that, click on the + button as shown to create a new certificate.

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  • In the next screen, you will need to select what type of certificate you are going to create. In this example we will be choosing the option "App Store and Ad Hoc"

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  • After that, you will see a different screen depending on the option you chose. In this case, we'll see a screen letting us know that in order to create the certificate we will need a certificate signing request. You have already created that we learn in first point.

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  • If you still have any doubt, then you can read the instructions on how to create a CSR. If you have already created one, then click on next to select it.

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  • Now we just need to click on generate, and you can find the download window as following.

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  • After downloading it, double-click on the file to open it up. You can check your key-chain access, where you'll find your certification with private key as following:

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That's it! This is the process you need to go through to set up a new Apple Developer Account with your mac and create its CSR and Certificates.

Hope this tutorial is of help to others. In my next tutorial, we will learn how to create App IDs and Push Notification Enable for Particular App IDs.

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2 years ago

do I have to pay the $99 fee first before I generate a certificate ?

Nitin Gohel
4 months ago

yes you have to purchase apple distribution enrollment program then you making all the cer and all the stuff

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