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spaceship exposes both the Apple Developer Center and the iTunes Connect API. This fast and powerful API powers parts of fastlane, and can be leveraged for more advanced fastlane features. Scripting your Developer Center workflow has never been easier!

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spaceship is part of fastlane: The easiest way to automate beta deployments and releases for your iOS and Android apps.

What's spaceship?

Up until now, the fastlane tools used web scraping to interact with Apple's web services. With spaceship it is possible to directly access the underlying APIs using a simple HTTP client only.

Using spaceship, the execution time of sigh was reduced from over 1 minute to less than 5 seconds.

spaceship uses a combination of 3 different API endpoints, used by the Apple Developer Portal and Xcode. As no API offers everything we need, spaceship combines all APIs for you. More details about the APIs.

More details about why spaceship is useful on

No matter how many apps or certificates you have, spaceship can handle your scale.

Enough words, here is some code:


# Create a new app
app =!(bundle_id: "", name: "Spaceship App")

# Use an existing certificate
cert = Spaceship.certificate.production.all.first

# Create a new provisioning profile
profile = Spaceship.provisioning_profile.app_store.create!(bundle_id: app.bundle_id,
                                                         certificate: cert)

# Print the name and download the new profile
puts "Created Profile " +


How fast are tools using spaceship compared to web scraping?



sudo gem install spaceship



To try spaceship, just run spaceship. It will automatically start the spaceship playground. It makes it super easy to try spaceship :rocket:


This requires you to install pry using sudo gem install pry. pry is not installed by default, as most fastlane users won't need the spaceship playground. You can add the pry dependency to your Gemfile.

Apple Developer Portal API

Open for code samples

iTunes Connect API

Open for code samples

2 Step Verification

When your Apple account has 2 factor verification enabled, you'll automatically be asked to verify your identity using your phone. The resulting session will be stored in ~/.spaceship/[email]/cookie. The session should be valid for about one month, however there is no way to test this without actually waiting for over a month.

Since your CI system probably doesn't allow you to input values (like the verification code), you can use spaceauth:

spaceauth -u [email protected]

This will authenticate you and provide a string that can be transferred to your CI system:

export FASTLANE_SESSION='---\n- !ruby/object:HTTP::Cookie\n  name: DES5c148586dfd451e55afbaaa5f62418f91\n  value: HSARMTKNSRVTWFla1+yO4gVPowH17VaaaxPFnUdMUegQZxqy1Ie1c2v6bM1vSOzIbuOmrl/FNenlScsd/NbF7/Lw4cpnL15jsyg0TOJwP32tC/NguPiyOaaaU+jrj4tf4uKdIywVaaaFSRVT\n  domain:\n  for_domain: true\n  path: "/"\n  secure: true\n  httponly: true\n  expires: 2016-04-27 23:55:56.000000000 Z\n  max_age: \n  created_at: 2016-03-28 16:55:57.032086000 -07:00\n  accessed_at: 2016-03-28 19:11:17.828141000 -07:00\n'

Copy everything from ---\n to your CI server and provide it as environment variable named FASTLANE_SESSION.

spaceship in use

All fastlane tools that communicate with Apple's web services in some way, use spaceship to do so.

Technical Details

HTTP Client

Up until now all fastlane tools used web scraping to interact with Apple's web services. spaceship uses a simple HTTP client only, resulting in much less overhead and extremely improved speed.

Advantages of spaceship (HTTP client) over web scraping:

  • Blazing fast :rocket: 90% faster than previous methods
  • No more overhead by loading images, HTML, JS and CSS files on each page load
  • Great test coverage by stubbing server responses
  • Resistant against design changes of the Apple Developer Portal
  • Automatic re-trying of requests in case a timeout occurs

API Endpoints

Overview of the used API endpoints

  • Used to authenticate to get a valid session
    • Get a list of all available provisioning profiles
    • Register new devices
    • List all devices, certificates, apps and app groups
    • Create new certificates, provisioning profiles and apps
    • Disable/enable services on apps and assign them to app groups
    • Delete certificates and apps
    • Repair provisioning profiles
    • Download provisioning profiles
    • Team selection
    • Managing apps
    • Managing beta testers
    • Submitting updates to review
    • Managing app metadata
    • Upload icons, screenshots, trailers ...

spaceship uses all those API points to offer this seamless experience.

Magic involved

spaceship does a lot of magic to get everything working so neatly:

  • Sensible Defaults: You only have to provide the mandatory information (e.g. new provisioning profiles contain all devices by default)
  • Local Validation: When pushing changes back to the Apple Dev Portal spaceship will make sure only valid data is sent to Apple (e.g. automatic repairing of provisioning profiles)
  • Various request/response types: When working with the different API endpoints, spaceship has to deal with JSON, XML, txt, plist and sometimes even HTML responses and requests.
  • Automatic Pagination: Even if you have thousands of apps, profiles or certificates, spaceship can handle your scale. It was heavily tested by first using spaceship to create hundreds of profiles and then accessing them using spaceship.
  • Session, Cookie and CSRF token: All the security aspects are handled by spaceship.
  • Profile Magic: Create and upload code signing requests, all managed by spaceship
  • Multiple Spaceship: You can launch multiple spaceships with different Apple accounts to do things like syncing the registered devices.

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This project is licensed under the terms of the MIT license. See the LICENSE file.

This project and all fastlane tools are in no way affiliated with Apple Inc. This project is open source under the MIT license, which means you have full access to the source code and can modify it to fit your own needs. All fastlane tools run on your own computer or server, so your credentials or other sensitive information will never leave your own computer. You are responsible for how you use fastlane tools.