Getting Started with iOS Gateway

The iOS Gateway application is a free utility to connect Eggplant Functional with iOS devices. It lets you control any iOS device running iOS 7, iOS 8, iOS 9, iOS 10, or iOS 11. You can also use iOS Gateway to automate Apple TV (4th generation).

How iOS Gateway Works

The iOS Gateway works as a VNC server (from the IP address of the Mac where it is running). When you connect to that Mac from Eggplant Functional, you can see and control your iOS device.

The Mac where iOS Gateway is running does not need to be the same machine as where you have Eggplant Functional installed. However, the iOS device must be connected by USB to the Mac where iOS Gateway is installed. The diagram below shows a basic network architecture for using iOS Gateway:

The iOS Gateway machine connects to the device via USB; eggPlant Functional can run on the same machine or a different one.

System Requirements

The table below outlines the minimum requirements for testing versions 9 and later of iOS with Testplant products. For information about testing iOS 7 and iOS 8, see Using iOS Gateway with iOS 7 and iOS 8. For information testing iOS 5 and iOS 6, see eggOn for iOS.

In general, you need to run iOS Gateway on the latest version of the Mac OS to test devices running the latest version of iOS.

Note: You must install Xcode, Apple's integrated development environment (IDE), on the machine that's running iOS Gateway. Typically, when a new version of iOS comes out, Apple releases a new version of Xcode as well. You need to update Xcode to the latest version to test the companion version of iOS with the iOS Gateway.
iOS Version Connection Method Min. Mac OS Version Min. Xcode Version
iOS 9 iOS Gateway 10.10.4 Xcode 7.0
iOS 9.1 iOS Gateway 10.10.5 Xcode 7.1
iOS 9.2 iOS Gateway 10.10.5 Xcode 7.2
iOS 9.3 iOS Gateway 10.11 Xcode 7.3.1
iOS 10 iOS Gateway 10.11.5 Xcode 8

iOS 11

tvOS 11

iOS Gateway 10.12.6 Xcode 9
iOS 11.2 iOS Gateway 10.12.6 Xcode 9.2

Starting with iOS Gateway 4.3, you can use the Diagnostics tab to check whether the active version of Xcode on your Mac is compatible with the version of iOS on the device you want to test.

Important: Note that iOS Gateway 4.0 is compatible with Xcode 7, so you can test older versions of iOS. Also note that your Mac must run OS X 10.0 or higher to use iOS Gateway 4.0 and higher.

Switching the Active Xcode Version

If you're testing devices with older versions of iOS, you might need to have more than one version of Xcode installed on your Mac. You can have several versions of Xcode installed at once, but only one active version.

To change the active version of Xcode, follow these steps:

  1. Open Xcode.
  2. Go to Xcode > Preferences > Locations.
  3. From the Command Line Tools drop-down menu, choose the version of Xcode you want to be active.
  4. Enter an administrator password when prompted.
  5. Close Xcode.
Note: You must have Administrator privileges on your Mac to switch the active Xcode version.

iOS Gateway Setup

First, download and install iOS Gateway. You must have an Apple Developer ID to use iOS Gateway to test iOS devices.

Automatic Provisioning

  1. Open iOS Gateway. Go to iOSGateway > Preferences and select the Provisioning tab.
  2. Select Automatically create/select provisioning profile. Enter the Apple Developer ID and password associated with your Apple developer certificate. This option is recommended for users new to iOS Gateway.
    Note: If your Apple Developer ID allows you to disable two-factor authentication, we recommend doing so for automation with iOS Gateway. Two-factor authentication is supported in iOS Gateway, but it can interfere with unmonitored testing by occasionally prompting you to enter authentication information. Go to the Account menu to manually log in or log out.

Manual Provisioning

To set up provisioning manually, you must have both a development signing certificate and a development provisioning profile.

  1. Create the signing certificate and provisioning profile on the Apple Developer portal. Download them both to your Mac.
  2. In the General tab, manually select a profile from the Profile drop-down list. iOS Gateway automatically shows all profiles saved in the default location.
    Note: The default profile location is ~/Library/MobileDevice/Provisioning Profiles.

Additional Requirements

Your testing devices must be prepared for development use. You can find this information, as well as installation instructions, in Setting Up iOS Testing.

Lastly, you need to be set up to sign apps for development use. This is an Apple requirement. Learn more in Signing Apps for Use with iOS Gateway.


This topic was last updated on December 11, 2017, at 11:15:52 AM.