How can I set up a GitLab runner for iOS/macOS projects?

Modified on Sun, 30 Jul 2023 at 03:31 PM

To set up a GitLab runner for iOS/macOS projects, follow these steps:

Prepare macOS Machine: You'll need access to a macOS machine (either physical or virtual) that meets the system requirements for running Xcode and building iOS/macOS projects.

Install GitLab Runner: On the macOS machine, install GitLab Runner by following the official documentation for macOS installation (

Register Runner: After installing GitLab Runner, register it with your GitLab instance. Run the registration command in the terminal and provide the required information:

sudo gitlab-runner register

Choose Runner Executor: During the registration process, you'll be asked to choose an executor. For macOS projects, choose the "shell" executor or the "docker" executor with a macOS image, depending on your needs.

Obtain GitLab Runner Token: To register the runner, you'll need a GitLab Runner token. You can find this token in your GitLab project settings under Settings > CI/CD > Runners.

Configure Runner: Provide the GitLab Runner token, the GitLab URL, and any other required information during the registration process.

Verify Registration: After registration, you should see the runner listed in your GitLab project's CI/CD settings.

Set Tags (Optional): If you want to distinguish between different runners or assign specific jobs to specific runners, you can add tags to your runner during registration. Tags can be useful when you have multiple runners with different capabilities.

Start Runner Service: Start the GitLab Runner service on the macOS machine:

sudo gitlab-runner start

Verify Connection: Go to your GitLab project's CI/CD settings and verify that the runner is active and connected.

With the GitLab runner set up for macOS projects, you can now create .gitlab-ci.yml files in your iOS/macOS project's repository to define the CI/CD pipeline. The runner will execute the jobs defined in the pipeline on the macOS machine, allowing you to build, test, and deploy your iOS/macOS projects automatically.

Please note that you may need to configure additional settings in your .gitlab-ci.yml file, depending on the specific requirements of your iOS/macOS projects, such as installing Xcode, setting up certificates, and configuring Fastlane for automation. Additionally, ensure that your macOS machine has the necessary resources (CPU, memory, etc.) to handle the build and testing tasks efficiently.

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