There are situations when an app is developed by Bob using his Apple Developer account but the app is published with Alice's Apple Developer account. In this case Bob shares the app archive to Alice for distribution. This post shows how, with Xcode, Bob prepares an archive for Alice and how Alice prepares for distribution.
Version: Xcode 12.4, macOS 10.15.7
Bob Archives His App
Disable Automatic Signing
Disabling automatic signing generates an archive which does not contain provisioning profile and certificate information. Failing to do so will prevent signing the archive with a different Apple Developer account.
To disable automatic signing, choose the (1) project name at the top of the Project Navigator, choose the (2) Target (if there are more than one target), navigate to the (3) Signing & Capabilities tab, then disable the (4) Automatically manage signing checkbox.
From the Xcode menu, choose Product > Archive. The Organizer window launches showing the archive.
Bob can confirm that the archive has no signing information if there is no "Team" in the Details section.
Here is an example of an archive with signing information.
Bob now needs to compress the archive into a zip file to share with Alice. To locate the archive file, right-click on the archive and choose Show in Finder.
The Finder window launches showing the .xcarchive. Right-click on the xcarchive then choose Compress
file.xcarchive to create a zip file with the archive inside.
Bob sends the zip file to Alice for distribution.
Alice Signs the App for Distribution
Uncompress and Open the Archive
Alice uncompresses the zip file by double-clicking the file. The xcarchive will be in the same folder as the zip file. Double-click the xcarchive to open the archive in the Organizer.
Preparing for Distribution
Check that the file does not contain signing information as described in the Archive section. Then click on the Distribute App button to start the distribution process.
The next steps are not shown as it will depend on the distribution target. If the app is a macOS app, you may refer to Distributing a macOS App Outside the Mac App Store if this is your preferred distribution method.
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