APPCIRCLE vs XCODE CLOUD

Compare Appcircle with Xcode Cloud with the comprehensive Mobile CI/CD and DevOps tools comparison table.

Introduced in 2021, Xcode Cloud is Apple’s CI/CD solution aimed at iOS developers. It’ll be available to public in Summer 2022.

Find out the similarities and differences between Appcircle and Xcode Cloud and discover alternatives to Xcode Cloud

AppcircleXcode Cloud
LicenseClosed Source License, Open-Source Workflow StepsClosed Source License
On-Premise VersionOn-Premise Runner OnlyRuns on Apple's Cloud
Easy to setup projectsConnect your repository and start building within seconds.Jenkins setup is a tedious process and requires manual input.
Cloud Git Providers SupportedGitHub, Bitbucket, Bitbucket (Self-Hosted), GitLab, GitLab (Self-Hosted)Bitbucket Cloud and Bitbucket Server ,GitHub and GitHub Enterprise, GitLab and self-managed GitLab
Simple, Easy-to-Use Build Configuration InterfaceManage what to build using our GUI drag-and-drop interface.Configuration Through Xcode's IDE Interface
Advanced Build Configuration with WorkflowsUse workflow steps that are tailored and maintained for mobile development.Supports custom pre-clone, post-clone, pre-xcodebuild, post-xcodebuild scripts. Accepts Bash scripts only. Must be committed inside repo.
Out of the box support for native and hybrid platformsOut of the Box Support for iOS (Obj-C / Swift), Android (Java / Kotlin), React Native, Flutter, SmartfaceSupports Apple platforms only (iOS, watchOS, tvOS and macOS)
Latest Xcode Version Available within 24 hrsSupports back to Xcode 11.0
Workflow Components Marketplace
Support for All Recent Xcode VersionsNew versions ready within 24hrs after release. You can choose any Xcode version from most recent to Xcode 10.Xcode 13 & 14 only.
Switch Between HardwareSwitch between M1 Macs and Intel Hardware.Can only switch between macOS versions
Automatic Hardware MaintanenceHardware changes and migrations are manually handled by engineers.
Centralized Signing Identities
In-Browser iOS Simulator
App Testing DistributionAppcircle has its own testing distribution module. You can also connect to external third-party delivery systems like Firebase App Distribution, Testflight, Google Play Beta etc.Uses Testflight, no Ad-Hoc distribution.
Automated DeliverySends to App Store Connect, Google Play, Huawei App GalleryDirect connection to App Store Connect
Testing Group SupportManaged through Testflight
Branded App Store for Enterprise Distribution
Access ControlHas a variety of login options from SAML and OpenID SSO, Google, GitHub and Bitbucket SSO. Two-Factor Authentication is also available for increased securityManaged through Apple Developer Portal
Free PlanFree forever Starter PlanFree until December 2023 for all Paid Apple Developer Accounts, then $14.99

In terms of speed, Appcircle has the fastest builds for benchmark iOS project. For a detailed overview, check our benchmark article.

This information is last updated in April 2022. Please contact us if you want to provide updates.

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