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This document outlines how to build the Totara Mobile app deliverables for iOS and Android within a local environment. Before thatFirst, you will be required to setup need to set up the code base with all the correct dependencies. The setup guide can be found in in the Getting started with the Totara Mobile app page of this documentation. 


To release an Android app to the app store, there are a couple of method methods you can use. For the Totara Mobile app, there’s no difference from a regular Android app release, which is well documented in official Android documentation.


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The app file can be generated using the Android App Bundles format (.aab) or the .apk format. The format.aab is recommended as it will help reduce the app size, installation time, and bandwidth consumption.


Run the following command to build the release apk ABB file:

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npm runyarn local:android-release-aab

The .aab file can be found in app/build/outputs/bundle/prodRelease/


Run the following command to build the release APK file:

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yarn local:android-release



The above command will create the APK file (app-release.apk will be generated into ./) in the folder. android/app/build/outputs/apk/ directory. Which This can be used to publish on Google Play for public release or internal testing. It  It can also be directly installed on an Android device.


Below are links to relevant resources from Google and Android. 




iOS release build

In order to build deliverable for iOS, make sure The Apple provisioning information (bundle identifier and distribution certificate) are ready. Find the guide essential for an iOS build. Refer to the preparing for distribution guide on Apple's developer help site for preparing for distribution.

Setup provisioning

Open the iOS project(./ios/TotaraMobileApp.xcworkspace) with XCode and select "Signing & Compatibilities" settings for the "Release" schema  schema of the app.

Project: TotaraMobileApp(1) → Target: TotaraMobileApp(2)   → Setting: Signing & Capabilities(3) → Schema: Release(4)

Change the "Bundle Identifier" and "Team"(5) which associated with provision profile:The screenshot below illustrates what you need to have selected.

    • Select the project (e.g.TotaraMobileApp)as shown in (1) on the screenshot 
    • Select the target (.e.g TotaraMobileApp as sown in (2) on the screenshot
    • In the top row of tabs select the settings for Signing & Capabilities, as shown in (3) on the screenshot
    • From the next row of tabs, for the schema select Release, as shown in (4) on the screenshot
    • Change the Bundle Identifier and Team settings which are associated with the provision profile, as shown in  (5) on the screenshot

Submit iOS build

There are a few ways to submit a release build to the app store for publishing or beta testing, more . More information can be found on Apple's help site. Here it describe

The following describes how to create a release build using Xcode.:

  1. First, you will be required to archive the app for any device. So select build target for any device as shown below.
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  2. Go to Product


  1. > Archive from Xcode top main menu


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  2. Once archiving has finished, it will show the Archives window with the existing list of archives.
  3. Select the relevant version and click on the Distribute


  1. App option


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  2. Select the required mode of delivery and follow the steps accordingly.
    • App Store connect: Submits a build directly to the app store or test flight


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    • Ad Hoc: Enables the build to be exported to the local machine

The Ad Hoc export build will generate an .ipa file to the a given export location, which . This can be directly install to the registered devices of the app with connecting installed on registered devices that have a connection to the local machine.


Below are a number of links to relevant resources from Apple.