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Script (python3 atm) for generating an iTunes Connect package (.itmsp) straight from your file system

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itunes\_file\_system (itunesfs)

**Script for generating an iTunes Connect package (.itmsp) straight from
your asset folder**

The task of managing and uploading the localised assets of your iOS app
in a tedious one. When the number of supported languages increases, the
effort needed via the web interface at
is increased accordingly. Apple's **iTMSTransporter** tool gives you the
ability to download and upload App Store Packages (.itmsp) from the
command line. However, altering the data requires an XML file

An easier way is to use **itunes\_transporter\_generator (itmsp)** ,
which lets you add your metadata in a **YAML** app configuration.
Running *itmsp* converts the YAML file to an **.itmsp package** that can
be uploaded using iTMSTransporter. However, when multiple localized
assets are involved, this solution leads to editing a huge unmanageable
YAML file.

This tool, **itunes\_file\_system (itunesfs)** requires that you
organise your assets (screenshots, decription, keywords etc)in a
spesific file hierarchy. Running *itunesfs* produces an intermediate
YAML configuration file and, if you have *itmsp* installed, it uses it
to generate the final .itmsp package. You can then uploaded it on iTunes
Connect using iTMSTransporter.

Essentially, **itunesfs** performs the following coversion:

.. figure::
:alt: file hierarchy

file hierarchy

1. Download and install **python 3**
Python 2.x is not supported at the moment.
2. If you have **PIP** installed for Python 3
( type:


$ sudo pip3 install itunesfs

Otherwise download the source from and type:


$ sudo python3 install

3. *(optional)* Install itunes\_transporter\_generator Run:


$ gem install itunes_transporter_generator

*Note that you will need apple's iTMSTransporter, to upload the package
at iTunes. If you have Xcode installed, you already have this tool on
your system.*


Organise your folders

Your files have to be organised under a root folder and organised as
shown in the "example" app, which is included in the package. Note that
all files should be encoded using **UTF-8**.

.. figure::
:alt: file hierarchy

file hierarchy

- At the root folder, the **config\_app.yaml** contains the basic
configuration for the app.
- One or more **versions** can exist as folders under the root folder.
- Each version can have one or more **locales**. The "master" locale,
that should always be available, is "en-US".
- Each locale can have:

- the **config-local.yaml**, that contains locale related
configuration such as the title of the app
- the **description.txt**, that holds the App Store description
- the **keywords.txt**, that is a comma separated list of the
keywords. The spaces around each keyword, will be erased. Also a
warning will be produced when they exceed the App Store 100
character limit.
- a **screenshot** folder. It can contain ipad, iphone\_3.5in or
iphone\_4in subfolders. Each device subfolder can have one or more
screenshot files. The order that they will be used is

The "en-US" locale must always contain the following files:
**config-local.yaml**, **description.txt**, **keywords.txt**. Even
though screenshots are optional, itmsp will fail to produce the .itmsp
without them.

For the other locales, these files are **optional**. If a file is not
found, the corresponding "en-US" file will be used instead.

Generate the .itmsp

If your Python 3's bin folder is in yout PATH, then **itunesfs** can be
executed from the command line.

To generate *only* the YAML configuration file


$itunesfs <path_to_asset_folder> -t YAML

e.g. ``$itunesfs /example``: this parses the "example" directory and
generates an *output.yaml* file under it.

If you want to change the output directory use:


$itunesfs <path_to_asset_folder> -o <output_path> -t YAML

This will also copy the screenshot files.

To generate the .itmsp package

If you have installed *itmsp*, *itunesfs* will call it by default to
generate the package from the YAML file.:


$itunesfs <path_to_asset_folder>

Verifying and uploading the package

Here's a really small guide for Apple's iTMSTransporter.

For ease of use, add this alias to your bash profile.

- run: ``$open ~/.bash_profile``
- add this line and save:
``alias iTMSTransporter='`xcode-select --print-path`/../Applications/Application\'``

Using iTMSTransporter:

Remember to escape with "" special characters like "$" in the password
field. Also the path can be either the path for one package or the path
for a folder containing one ore more packages.

To verify the package:


$iTMSTransporter -m verify -u <username> -p <password> -f <path_for_package>

To uplaod the package:


$iTMSTransporter -m upload -u <username> -p <password> -f <path_for_package>  
File Type Py Version Uploaded on Size
itunesfs- (md5) Source 2014-03-14 157KB