8. How to publish a Flutter app on the App Store without a Mac

Congratulations, you are almost done !

For this last part of the tutorial, you will learn how to publish your Flutter iOS app on the App Store.

Create your app in the App Store

The first thing you will want to do is to create an iOS app on app store connect.

Apple add app

You can give whatever name you would like.

Select the bundle ID from the list of App ID you have created earlier in the tutorial.

If you have no app ID, you can refer to the chapter 3 of this tutorial.

Finally, for SKU you can choose anything you want as long as it is unique.

You now have access to a dashboard for your app. If you scroll down, you will see the Build section.

Apple app build

Build your app

Now that this done, go over the Appollo CLI and use the command appollo build start for your app.

And this time, for the build type: publication

Wait for Appollo to create and start the build.

Then, wait for Apple to send you an email like this one:

Apple app build confirmation mail

Publish your app on the App Store

The build section should now look like this:

Apple build select button

You can now select your build from the list.

Apple build list view

Apple will ask you if your app responds to encryption standards and other standards you have to comply to.

You did it! Your build has been successfully publish on the app store.

Warning

Do not forget to save your build! Scroll up to see the ‘Save’ button.

For your app to be published on the app store, you still have to complete any missing information and then you can submit it to Apple for review.

Tip

This type of build can also be published on TestFlight for more testing.

Usually it takes Apple a few days to test your application and approve it or decline it. In case it is declined you will get an e-mail from Apple telling you why it is not approved (reasons are not always very specific). You can then fix the issues and publish it again.