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1) Install the latest Xcode command line tools

xcode-select --install

2) Install fastlane

# Using RubyGems
sudo gem install fastlane -NV

# Alternatively using Homebrew
brew install fastlane

3) Navigate to your project and run

fastlane init

More Details


The Fastfile stores the automation configuration that can be run with fastlane.

The Fastfile has to be inside your ./fastlane directory.

The Fastfile is used to configure fastlane. Open it in your favourite text editor, using Ruby syntax highlighting.

Defining lanes is easy.

lane :my_lane do
  # Whatever actions you like go in here.

Make as many lanes as you like!

before_all block

This block will get executed before running the requested lane. It supports the same actions as lanes.

before_all do |lane|

after_all block

This block will get executed after running the requested lane. It supports the same actions as lanes.

It will only be called, if the selected lane was executed successfully.

after_all do |lane|
  say("Successfully finished deployment (#{lane})!")
    message: "Successfully submitted new App Update"
  sh("./") # Example

error block

This block will get executed when an error occurs, in any of the blocks (before_all, the lane itself or after_all). You can get more information about the error using the error_info property.

error do |lane, exception|
    message: "Something went wrong with the deployment.",
    success: false,
    payload: { "Error Info" => exception.error_info.to_s } 


Why only use the default actions? Create your own to extend the functionality of fastlane.

The build step you create will behave exactly like the built in actions.

Just run fastlane new_action. Then enter the name of the action and edit the generated Ruby file in fastlane/actions/[action_name].rb.

From then on, you can just start using your action in your Fastfile.

If you think your extension can be used by other developers as well, let me know, and we can bundle it with fastlane.

To call another action from within your action, just use the same code you would use in a Fastfile:

other_action.deliver(text: "Please input your password:", 
                      key: 123)

In general, think twice before you do this, most of the times, these action should be separate. Only call actions from within action if it makes sense.

Importing another Fastfile

Within your Fastfile you can import another Fastfile using 2 methods:


Import a Fastfile from a local path

import "../GeneralFastfile"

override_lane :from_general do
  # ...


Import from another git repository, which you can use to have one git repo with a default Fastfile for all your project

import_from_git(url: '')
# or
import_from_git(url: '',
               path: 'fastlane/Fastfile')

lane :new_main_lane do
  # ...

This will also automatically import all the local actions from this repo.


You should import the other Fastfile on the top above your lane declarations. When defining a new lane fastlane will make sure to not run into any name conflicts. If you want to overwrite an existing lane (from the imported one), use the override_lane keyword.

Load own actions from external folder

Add this to the top of your Fastfile.

actions_path '../custom_actions_folder/'

Using fastlane_require

If you're using a third party gem in your Fastfile, it is recommended to use fastlane_require instead of require. fastlane_require will:

  • Verify the gem is installed
  • Show installation instructions if not installed
  • Require the gem (like require does)


fastlane_require 'hike'

lane :release do
  # Do stuff with hike