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With the release of Adobe's Flash CS5 comes the ability to compile iPhone apps inside of Flash and then export them into .IPA files with the ability to distribute them into the App Store or into Cydia. Weather you don't want to pay Apple's $100 registration fee or you don't have a Mac, this guide will show how you can create your own iPhone app and be able to distribute them on to other devices.

Update: Apple will now let you submit apps built by Flash CS5 into the App Store!

1. Download Adobe Flash Professional CS5. You can either buy it for $699 or get the free 30 day trial by clicking here.

2. Click on File then click on New. Select the option for iPhone OS and click OK.


3. Now there should be a blank space for you to make your flash app. But before you can do this, you must sign your app.

4. If you've signed up with Apple as a developer and payed the $100 sign up fee, you can download your own application signs at the Apple Developer site.

If you are not an official Apple developer, you will not be able to send apps to the App Store, but you can still send them to Cydia. If you are not an Apple developer, download this p12 certificate and unzip it.

5. Now in Flash CS5, click on File, iPhone OS Settings, and Deployment. For the Certificate box, browse for the p12.p12 file. Enter 1234 for the password and browse for the mobileprovision.mobileprovision for the Provisioning File.

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6. Select Deployment - Apple App Store under iPhone deployment type.

7. Click OK. Now start developing your iPhone app in flash like any other game. Beginner flash developers may want to watch this video:



Once you're done creating your app, go once again to File, iPhone OS Settings, and Deployment. Then click on Publish at the bottom. This process will take a few moments. Flash CS5 will create an .IPA file of your application which will show up in the default location of My Documents.

9. Now if you had a legitimate Certificate from Step 4, you can submit your app to Apple for reviewing.

If you downloaded the Certificate from Step 4, go into Cydia (you must have a jailbroken device, find out how to jailbreak here). Tap on Manage, Sources, Edit, Add. Type in http://cydia.hackulo.us.

10. Go into the Search in Cydia. Type in AppSync for the current OS on your device. Install it.

11. Now drop the .IPA file from your My Documents folder into iTunes. Click the Sync button and let iTunes put the app onto your device.

12. Test out your app, if everything is working correctly, using WinSCP (Windows) or Cyberduck (Mac) go into the /Applications/ folder on your device and find the folder of your app. Copy that folder onto your desktop, zip it up, and send it to a repository like ModMyi or BigBoss to host it so others may download it.

80 comments

Sean said... @ June 22, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Great post, thank you very much for the Mobile Provision and P12.. however, a slight problem..
Trying to export the final .ipa, and it comes up with an error, being the following:
"Error creating files.
An attribute or element contains an invalid value in the application descriptor file. (application.installFolder)."

Any ideas?

Anonymous said... @ July 26, 2010 at 9:24 AM

many many thaks for this ....works like acharme

Anonymous said... @ August 23, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Hey in light of the banning of Flash Apps on the app store, will these steps still work. Will they know that the apps I've created are in Flash and immediately ban them?

Deadfire55 said... @ August 24, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Apple will probabaly konw that you have complied using Flash and most-likely ban in. But you can still create your app for use on Cydia.

Anonymous said... @ August 25, 2010 at 10:23 AM

That sucks. I have a flash game that I wanted to sell on the app store. Can cydia sell apps?

Anonymous said... @ August 25, 2010 at 10:24 AM

I've heard that Flash complies to C++ and since C++ is allowed for iPhone apps, wouldn't Apple not find out if Flash was used?

Deadfire55 said... @ August 25, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Yea you can sell Cydia apps through a service known as Cydia Store. Go to ModMyi.com for more info on that, they'll put your app on Cydia.

Anonymous said... @ August 26, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Umm... I'm unable to download the file, is that a problem?

Deadfire55 said... @ August 26, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Sorry, the download was down. It has been updated now.

Anonymous said... @ August 30, 2010 at 6:45 AM

The download is down... or only i can't download this file?

AndreNZ said... @ August 31, 2010 at 12:56 AM

Does this work? Flash doesn't seem to want to compile my app :( Is there an updated tutorial vid for the final Flash CS5?

Anonymous said... @ September 1, 2010 at 11:01 AM

hi when ever i try to publish my app this error ocurs errorcreting file invalid input swf executing D:\program files\adobe\adobe flashcs5\PFI\lib\aot\bin\ld64\l686-apple-darwin9-ld64

plz help

Anonymous said... @ September 19, 2010 at 3:15 PM

AWESOME! YOU ARE AWESOME!

Anonymous said... @ September 27, 2010 at 1:36 AM

Awesome, Thanks so much!

DanZeDalek said... @ October 24, 2010 at 12:20 PM

When I publish, I get the error message saying "Error creating files. An attribute or element contains an invalid value in the descriptor file.
(application.initialWindow.content)"

Can anyone help?

Richard said... @ October 25, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Thank you so much for the great tutorial! and the p12 file. LOVE IT

Thomas said... @ November 10, 2010 at 5:12 AM

hello !

what is the password for the certificate p12 ? plz

Anonymous said... @ December 14, 2010 at 1:58 PM

You freakin kick ass!

Anonymous said... @ December 19, 2010 at 4:47 AM

is there a way to do the same for iPad apps?

Jason Ceballos said... @ December 20, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Hi,

there is an issue between the itunes and the iphone, it says that it cannot sync the app with the iphone.

Any solutions, please?

Anonymous said... @ January 27, 2011 at 7:33 PM

when you get the "Error creating files. An attribute or element contains an invalid value in the descriptor file.
(application.[insert text here])" that means there is an invalid character in the .xml file. open that up and it will probably be a space. Make sure that there are no spaces in any name or line except for the App name. Hope this helps :)

Anonymous said... @ February 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Thanks for your tutorial! It helps me a lot.

Anonymous said... @ February 11, 2011 at 9:12 AM

I have problem, i tap on publish, and publishing loading a very time, and is on start. Why?

Anonymous said... @ February 13, 2011 at 11:43 AM

how would i edit this app so that it doesnt go off the screen

vsams14 said... @ February 21, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Last comment,
If ball.x > (a number)
{
ball.x = (another #)
}

I get error 1120:Access of undefined property ball
i dont think there is any problem with my code though...

Anonymous said... @ May 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM

"simple app"

My arse...

Anonymous said... @ May 29, 2011 at 6:04 PM

the p12 file is already expire

Anonymous said... @ June 26, 2011 at 11:48 PM

The password is 1234

Anonymous said... @ July 1, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Great post!

iphone 5 said... @ July 1, 2011 at 7:21 PM

That is wonderful! It is amazing that you can do almost everything with your iphone. No wonder a lot of people are waiting for the latest model that will be launched this year.

Anonymous said... @ July 13, 2011 at 7:00 AM

How do you download the digital sign???
I have a Apple Developer account...

Buying selling said... @ July 14, 2011 at 5:05 AM

Wow. It looks absolutely fantastic. You have done an amazing job and I’m really impressed.

S.H. said... @ July 18, 2011 at 5:49 PM

I get a syntax error when I debug the code.
This is what I get:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6140/5952794794_3773b09ce6_b.jpg

I have tried everything I can think of, but to no avail. Would the problem be because the version in the instructional video is the beta version?

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Anonymous said... @ July 19, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Personal works even on the iphone? I am thinking of buying the certificate.

Anonymous said... @ August 16, 2011 at 3:41 AM

Good article

iPhone Applications said... @ August 17, 2011 at 3:33 AM

An attribute or element contains an invalid value in the descriptor file.
(application.[insert text here])" that means there is an invalid character in the .xml file. open that up and it will probably be a space.

Anonymous said... @ August 20, 2011 at 4:09 AM

okay so ur last step doesn't actually work because your app is not stored in applications folder in root but i did try to make a deb that installs correctly and shows me the icon but it just crashes

Anonymous said... @ August 31, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Hi, This is really awesome, but in on of the steps its says air time settings, and in my flash dock I don't have air time settings! What do I do? I have the same flash.. please help.

Anonymous said... @ September 7, 2011 at 6:14 AM

Very Great Knowledge, Thank you so much!

Anonymous said... @ September 28, 2011 at 10:35 PM

I'm using cs5.5 trial version. When I complete all the certificate and provisioning file locate in the publish entry and press publish but no ipa file being created. only a folder named "AOTBuildOutput720866926256539637.tmp". Does anyone know what's the reason? Thank you in advance.

Leo

Anonymous said... @ October 8, 2011 at 4:49 PM

This is awesome, worked like a charm. Thanks!

Anonymous said... @ October 18, 2011 at 1:52 AM

Awesome. it worked. Thanks man!!!!!!

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u can also try dragonfiresdk.com, for a way to create apps thru windows. It worked well for me, and I got my app out in weeks.

Anonymous said... @ November 30, 2011 at 5:08 PM

hmm about the video in the actions
might as well shorten everything up by doing the math. so instead of that huge formula use this one
ball.x += tx * 0.3
ball.y -= ty * 0.3
instead of putting that long script do the math.

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Can someone repost the p12 certificate somewhere else?

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Help
An attribute or element contains an invalid value in the descriptor file.
whats the problem?

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great post man! ive exported my flash to ipa file but there is one problem though... my phone said "unable to install" , flash didnt output an error after compiling.. thanks a lot!

Anonymous said... @ August 16, 2012 at 6:16 AM

the p12 isnt available for download anymore....

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