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How to Create an IPA including finding artwork Guide for Mac, Windows, or Linux

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I found this on the Hackulo.us website, and thanks to Kyek.

How to Create an .IPA file from a .APP

What you need:
1: An already-cracked app
2: A cracked MobileInstallation file installed on your iPhone or iPod Touch (Search for AppSync or Installd patch from cydia and install it)
3: Lastly, you need to know that when I say "ProgName", substitute the name of the program you're working with

Getting the iTunesArtwork file
The iTunesArtwork file is simply a jpeg image with the extension taken off, and is included in application's install folder on your device for every app downloaded from the app store. This image is what appears in the Applications section of iTunes as the icon for the app, and is
definitely nice to have -- if you don't have it, you get a generic, black icon that no one wants to see. If you have the iTunesArtwork file, skip all this and go down to the next red headline!

Otherwise, read on:

1: Open iTunes on your computer and find
your application in the iTunes Music Store. On the application's page, find the app icon at the top-left corner of the page and right-click it. Now choose "Copy iTunes Store URL". Your clipboard now contains something like this:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

2: Paste that somewhere (in your browser or a text editor) and replace the section that says
with this:
Go to the resulting URL in your browser.

3: Do a search on that page for the text:
Safari users will have to right-click the page and select "View Source" before searching for the above text.

Once the text is found, copy the entire URL it's in to your clipboard. For example, this is the URL I ended up with:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Paste the URL from the last step into
your browser again, but change the "100x100" to "512x512". The image that loads will be the official, Apple-provided iTunesArtwork file. Save this to your desktop.

5: Rename the file to "iTunesArtwork" with
NO extension. Note that doing this from the GUI on Mac will simply hide the extension, not remove it. If this is the case, open Terminal (found in /Applications/Utilities) and paste this line into it:
mv ~/Desktop/iTunesArtwork.jpg ~/Desktop/iTunesArtwork

Mac and Linux users should then execute this line in Terminal to apply the appropriate permissions to the file:
chmod 665 ~/Desktop/iTunesArtwork

Windows users will need to enable the "Show known file extensions" option in their folder options in order to remove the extension properly.

6: Pat yourself on the back! You've just gotten your iTunesArtwork file.

Bundling the .IPA
1: Create a folder on your desktop called "working". Open that, and create another folder inside of it called "Payload". Case-sensitive.

2: Move your iTunesArtwork file into the "working" folder, and your .app into the Payload folder.

3: Mac and Linux users only: Open Terminal and run the following command:
chmod -R 775 ~/Desktop/working/Payload

4: Go into your ProgName.app folder within Payload (Mac users, right-click ProgName.app and choose Show Package Contents).

5 (For Mac users with Dev Tools installed ONLY):
Double-click the Info.plist file. The Property List Editor will open and show a simple table. Click the last row of the table, then press the + button that appears to create a new row at the bottom. In the first new cell enter

and in the second new cell, enter
Apple iPhone OS Application Signing

Save this file.

5 (For Windows, Linux, and other Macs): Visit the following site: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] (You may have to Approve the security certificate -- don't worry, it's safe)

Browse for your Info.plist file, and press the "Convert" button. Save the resulting file to your computer. Windows users, open this file in WordPad. Mac and Linux users can use any text editor.

scroll to the bottom of the file and make a new line just before

And paste the following in that spot:

<string>Apple iPhone OS Application Signing</string>
The end of the file should now look like this:

<string>Apple iPhone OS Application Signing</string>
Save the file (Make sure the name is Info.plist -- case sensitive!) and replace the Info.plist in ProgName.app with it.

6: Time to zip it up. Use your favorite method to zip the iTunesArtwork file and Payload folder together in one .zip file. Mac users can select both, right-click, and choose "Compress 2 Items". Windows users can select both, right-click, and choose "Add to Archive" (remember to select ZIP, not RAR if that option is available).

If you unzip the file, you should see this structure:

7: Rename the zip file to ProgName.ipa

8: All done! You should now be able to double-click the app to install it into iTunes, you'll see an icon for it if you properly included the iTunesArtwork file, and it will sync to your phone and run smoothly. Congratulations!




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