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APPCIRCLE vs XCODE CLOUD

Compare Appcircle with Xcode Cloud with the comprehensive Mobile CI/CD and DevOps tools comparison table.

Introduced in 2021, Xcode Cloud is Apple’s CI/CD solution aimed at iOS developers. It’ll be available to public in Summer 2022.

Find out the similarities and differences between Appcircle and Xcode Cloud and discover alternatives to Xcode Cloud

Appcircle Xcode Cloud
License Closed Source License, Open-Source Workflow Steps Closed Source License
On-Premise Version On-Premise Runner Only Runs on Apple's Cloud
Easy to setup projects Connect your repository and start building within seconds. Jenkins setup is a tedious process and requires manual input.
Cloud Git Providers Supported GitHub, Bitbucket, Bitbucket (Self-Hosted), GitLab, GitLab (Self-Hosted) Bitbucket Cloud and Bitbucket Server ,GitHub and GitHub Enterprise, GitLab and self-managed GitLab
Simple, Easy-to-Use Build Configuration Interface Manage what to build using our GUI drag-and-drop interface. Configuration Through Xcode's IDE Interface
Advanced Build Configuration with Workflows Use workflow steps that are tailored and maintained for mobile development. Supports custom pre-clone, post-clone, pre-xcodebuild, post-xcodebuild scripts. Accepts Bash scripts only. Must be committed inside repo.
Out of the box support for native and hybrid platforms Out of the Box Support for iOS (Obj-C / Swift), Android (Java / Kotlin), React Native, Flutter, Smartface Supports Apple platforms only (iOS, watchOS, tvOS and macOS)
Latest Xcode Version Available within 24 hrs Supports back to Xcode 11.0
Workflow Components Marketplace
Support for All Recent Xcode Versions New versions ready within 24hrs after release. You can choose any Xcode version from most recent to Xcode 10. Xcode 13 & 14 only.
Switch Between Hardware Switch between M1 Macs and Intel Hardware. Can only switch between macOS versions
Automatic Hardware Maintanence Hardware changes and migrations are manually handled by engineers.
Centralized Signing Identities
In-Browser iOS Simulator
App Testing Distribution Appcircle has its own testing distribution module. You can also connect to external third-party delivery systems like Firebase App Distribution, Testflight, Google Play Beta etc. Uses Testflight, no Ad-Hoc distribution.
Automated Delivery Sends to App Store Connect, Google Play, Huawei App Gallery Direct connection to App Store Connect
Testing Group Support Managed through Testflight
Branded App Store for Enterprise Distribution
Access Control Has a variety of login options from SAML and OpenID SSO, Google, GitHub and Bitbucket SSO. Two-Factor Authentication is also available for increased security Managed through Apple Developer Portal
Free Plan Free forever Starter Plan Free until December 2023 for all Paid Apple Developer Accounts, then $14.99

In terms of speed, Appcircle has the fastest builds for benchmark iOS project. For a detailed overview, check our benchmark article.

This information is last updated in April 2022. Please contact us if you want to provide updates.

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