How to sign a Qt app with a certificate in OSX?

  • Hi,

    After getting my Apple developer account, I am very interested in to sign my Qt apps using my official certificate. My requirement is to learn how to do it 100% from console. I want to provide my own installers outside the Apple store, that's it.

    So, looking for documentation, I found this interesting link:

    Following those instructions, I tried several commands and parameters, like this one:

    codesign --force --verify --verbose --sign "Developer ID Application: <_my_ID_goes_here_>" -s mac_development.cer --deep
    mac_development.cer: no identity found

    But unfortunately, I couldn't avoid the error message "no identity found". :(

    Now, assuming that finally I can sign my files. Do I have to sign the .dmg file too?

    So, my finally question: is there any kind of official documentation about how to sign Qt apps from OSX? I feel myself like trying to solve a puzzle finding little pieces from different places and I don't want to find the solution by accident.

    Any hint is very welcome. Thanks!

  • After importing my certiificate into the KeyChange Access utility (as part of the login keychain), finally I found a line that seems to apparently work:

    codesign --force --verify --verbose --sign "Developer ID Application: <_my_ID_goes_here_>" --keychain /Users/me/Library/Keychains/login.keychain --deep

    I got this output: signed app bundle with Mach-O thin (x86_64) [com.mycompany.myapp]

    I wonder if I am using the right certificate as it seems that I have created several.

    As no .dmg file is generated, then I tried this line:

    macdeployqt -codesign="Developer ID Application: <_my_ID_goes_here_>" -dmg

    But then I got a lot of error messages like this one:

    ERROR: "/Applications/ '/Users/xtingray/tupi/installer/': The file was not recognized as a valid object file\n

    I will keep guessing.

  • Lifetime Qt Champion


    IIRC, recent versions of macdeployqt have the -codesign option that automates that for you. You just have to pass the correct identity and you're good to go.

  • As part of my research, I found this interesting post right here at Qt forums:

    I will try the procedure described there and let you know if it's still valid.

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