Bundling for the Mac App Store

This section describes the basics of building an application for release in the Mac App Store using Visual Studio for Mac. Based on additional features (such as iCloud access and push notifications), further setup may be required that goes beyon the scope of this article.


Before starting this section, the developer must have created a production provisioning profile to build for the Mac App Store. See the instructions earlier in this document about creating the required provisioning profiles.

Code signing options

Change the Configuration to Release before updating the code signing and packaging options. The developer needs to make sure that they use their company Identity and the provisioning profile that we created above when signing the application for release in the App Store.

Editing the code signing options

Ensure that the option to create an installer package has been checked in the Mac Build settings:

Editing the build options


Before building, ensure that the Release configuration has been selected. When the developer builds the app, they’ll be prompted to use both certificates:

Allowing the app to use the certificate

Allowing the app to use the certificate

After the application has been built, the developer can right-click on the project and choose Open Containing Folder to find the package file (in the bin/x86/AppStore directory in the example shown below). This package file includes an installer for the app that can be submitted to Apple for inclusion in the Mac App Store.

Selecting the build package in Finder