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fastlane vs TestFlight: What are the differences?

What is fastlane? Connect all iOS deployment tools into one streamlined workflow. fastlane lets you define and run your deployment pipelines for different environments. It helps you unify your app’s release process and automate the whole process. fastlane connects all fastlane tools and third party tools, like CocoaPods.

What is TestFlight? iOS beta testing on the fly. With TestFlight, developers simply upload a build, and the testers can install it directly from their device, over the air.

fastlane and TestFlight are primarily classified as "Mobile Continuous Integration" and "Beta Testing / Mobile App Distribution" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by fastlane are:

  • Connect all build tools together
  • Define multiple lanes for different needs
  • Jenkins Integration

On the other hand, TestFlight provides the following key features:

  • Sessions- Discover how testers are using your application. Watch as they progress and take unexpected turns.
  • Crash Reports- Reported in realtime, with environment snapshots and full session activity.
  • In-App Questions- The most effective way to get tester feedback. Get the answers you need by asking questions the moment a checkpoint is passed.

"Easy to use" is the top reason why over 17 developers like fastlane, while over 61 developers mention "Must have for ios development" as the leading cause for choosing TestFlight.

fastlane is an open source tool with 25.7K GitHub stars and 3.93K GitHub forks. Here's a link to fastlane's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, TestFlight has a broader approval, being mentioned in 311 company stacks & 60 developers stacks; compared to fastlane, which is listed in 91 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.

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Pros of TestFlight
  • 19
    Easy to use
  • 13
    Open Source
  • 13
    Itunes connect deployment
  • 11
    Incredible flexability
  • 8
    Third party integrations
  • 3
    Certificate management
  • 3
    Provisioning profile management
  • 1
    All in one iOS DevOps
  • 0
    Integrate anything with fastlane
  • 0
    Can be used for Android as well
  • 62
    Must have for ios development
  • 49
    Beta testing
  • 19
    Easy setup
  • 10
    Easy way to push out updates for internal testers
  • 7
    In-App Updates
  • 5
    Crash Logging
  • 4
    Checkpoints
  • 3
    Multiple platforms
  • 2
    Remote Logging
  • 1
    Sessions

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What is fastlane?

fastlane lets you define and run your deployment pipelines for different environments. It helps you unify your app’s release process and automate the whole process. fastlane connects all fastlane tools and third party tools, like CocoaPods.

What is TestFlight?

With TestFlight, developers simply upload a build, and the testers can install it directly from their device, over the air.

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