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Twitter Announces Fastlane as Part of Fabric for Mobile Continuous Deployment

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At Flight 2015, its developer conference, Twitter announced that fastlane, has been included into Fabric, Twitter’s mobile development platform. As part of this announcement, Twitter is also making Fastlane, originally developed by Felix Krause for iOS, available for Android.

Fastlane is, according to Twitter, “the most popular deployment tool on iOS”. Its creator, Felix Krause, maintains that fastlane can increase software quality by enabling more frequent and smaller releases.

Fastlane includes 10 tools that distribute along three lanes: automated testing, TestFlight Beta, and preparation/submit to the App Store or Google Play Store:

  • scan, which allows to run unit tests from the command line and produce readable reports. It supports integration with Jenkins.
  • pilot, a tool to manage TestFlight testers and builds from the command line.
  • boarding, a tool that makes it easier to create simple signup pages for TestFlight beta testers.
  • snapshot, which automates the process of taking localized screenshots for iOS apps on every device.
  • sigh, a tool to create, renew, download and repair provisioning profiles that supports multiple accounts and teams.
  • gym, a tool to build and create signed IPA packages.
  • deliver, which allows to upload screenshots, metadata, and binary files to the App Store.
  • cert, which allows to create and maintain iOS code signing certificates.
  • produce, a tool to create new apps on Apple’s iTunes Connect and Developer Portal.
  • pem, which allows to generate and renew push notification profiles.
  • frameit, a companion tool to snapshot that allows to put device screenshots into their corresponding device frames.
  • supply, which is actually the only tool provided for the Android platform that allows to update Android apps and their metadata on the Play Store. supply is based on Gradle, Android’s build system,

All iOS tools are based on a common Ruby library, called spaceship, that exposes the Apple Developer API.

According to Twitter, fastlane will remain open source and free.

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