Up to this year, in order to test an iOS application, you need a developer account that was priced at $99 per year. With this subscription, any user could install their own application on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and then and if so desired, upload to the App Store. This is relatively good for developers who already know very well where they get, but it’s not for both developers who want to make their first tests. It is (presumably) why from iOS in September Apple allows anyone to install “own” applications on their devices without having a paid account.

Now, if a user has an application and want to try on your device you can use Xcode to “overturn” on it. Xcode will compile the application and sign a free developer account. But forget about piracy. Can not (or would explain how) to install a .ipa file you find online with Xcode. As can itself is installed emulators or applications which have the source code, a code that developers own up to any own website or, more commonly, to GitHub.

Create an Apple developer account free

  • Go to this website and create an Apple ID (Go to the next step if you already have one).
  • Use your Apple ID to enter the Apple Developer Member Center.
  • Accept the terms and conditions.
  • Open Xcode,  go to Xcode / Preferences / Accounts menu.
  • Click on the plus sign (+) and add the Apple ID you want to use to sign applications you want to install.


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