I got a new MBP and would like to transfer my certificates and profiles from my old computer. According to TN 2250, under "Transferring Your Identities," I need to transfer three sets of items:

  • all iPhone Developer certificates in your keychain
  • all iPhone Distribution certificates in your keychain
  • all Provisioning Profiles in the Xcode Organizer > Devices tab > Provisioning Profiles section under "Library"

TN 2250 suggests I click a link entitled "Transfer Your Developer Profile to Another Computer" to find out how to do said transfer, but that link effectively gives a 404 and refreshes to a page called "About Xcode"

How do I transfer my developer profile to another computer?

My old machine is running OS X 10.6.8 and Xcode 4.2 (4C199).
The new machine is running OS X 10.7.4 and Xcode 4.3.3 (4E3002).


3 Answers 3


Import/Export works differently in Xcode 5+. This Apple Developer guide shows you how to do it.

Your account is shown under XcodePreferencesAccounts, and can be exported by clicking the gear icon () in the lower-left.

Import/Export Apple ID and Code Signing Assets

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    Will this work If both computers are logged in with the [same] developer account? Oct 30, 2015 at 15:40
  • Somebody any idea? I want to work on my iOS project from my mac-mini AND macbook with the same account. does this work?
    – salocinx
    Oct 7, 2016 at 22:35
  • I log in with the same account on an iMac and a MacBook Pro with no trouble. Take the account on the first device, export it, and then on the second device do an import.
    – Jason
    Dec 29, 2018 at 1:24
  • This exports all accounts listed. How can one account be exported? Nov 9, 2021 at 11:32
  • Importing profile from Xcode 13 to Xcode 14 on a newer mac caused crash.
    – kelin
    May 18 at 18:36

You can do this from within Xcode.

From the Organiser, on the devices tab, you can export your developer profile to a file which you can then import into Xcode on another computer.

The step by step process is explained in http://developer.apple.com/library/ios/#documentation/ToolsLanguages/Conceptual/Xcode4UserGuide/080-Manage_Your_Devices/manage_devices.html near the bottom in the section entitled Transfer Your Developer Profile to Another Computer

Note that if you don't have a Teams section in your Organizer - Devices, you can just drag and drop the password-protected Developer profiles export-file, onto the Xcode icon in the toolbar. enter image description here

  • ah wait; I don't have a "Teams" section in Organizer -> Devices. Jul 22, 2012 at 7:59
  • Do you have a profiles section? with Import Export buttons along the bottom.
    – Abizern
    Jul 22, 2012 at 8:03
  • Ah! "Developer profile" under library! thanks! Jul 22, 2012 at 8:06
  • I'm one step closer, but now getting a different error; thanks for your help! Jul 22, 2012 at 8:53
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    The step by step link no longer exists now.
    – Blaise
    Sep 10, 2015 at 20:22

You need to export your private key from Key Chain access of Mac OSX in which certificates are running successfully or from which developer certificate made and download certificates from Apple Developer Portal, it will work as it works for me.

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    Xcode 4 makes the process a lot easier, allowing you to wrap up your dev profile along with your public and private keys and import them into Xcode on another machine without having to go to the KeyChain and pull them out one by one.
    – Abizern
    Jul 22, 2012 at 8:06
  • Ah, this is traditional method which I am doing since I started development. You may right Xcode 4 providing those process which I learned today. Jul 22, 2012 at 8:45

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