If the provisioning profile (.mobileprovision) and certificate (.cer) are not configured correctly you might get the following error when clicking Build > Build in XCode:

Code Sign error: The identity ‘iPhone Developer’ doesn’t match any valid certificate/private key pair in the default keychain


Using the wizard:

Click on this blog post to create and configure the provisioning profile and certificate with the wizard

Manual configuration:

There are 2 types of provisioning profiles/certificates. Click the appropriate tab in the iPhone Developer Program Portal

  1. Development - used during development to download the app to a physical iPhone (not needed when running with simulator)
  2. Distribution - used to distribute on iPhone App Store

If you don’t want to use the entire wizard, you can create and configure each individually this way:

  1. Drag and drop the certificate (.cer) into the Keychain Access program (Spotlight > “Keychain Access”)
    • File can be generated at iPhone Developer Program Portal Certificates
      • The request for the certificate must first be generated locally so it can be uploaded to the portal:KeyChain Access > Certificate Assistant > Request a Certificate from a Certificate Authority
    • Use the Development certificate instead of the Distribution Certificate
  2. Drag and drop the provisioning profile (.mobileprovision) into the XCode > Windows > Organizer (or double click it)
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