The Apple Developer Program is for individuals and organizations developing apps for distribution on the App Store, the Mac App Store, and outside of the Mac App Store with Developer ID. Resources for Safari extensions are also included.
The Apple Developer Enterprise Program is for organizations developing and distributing proprietary in-house apps for their employees. Distribution on the App Store is not included.
Learn more about these programs
If you are an individual or sole proprietor/single person business, your personal legal name will be listed as the seller on the App Store. Do not enter an alias, nickname, or company name as your first or last name, as entering your legal name incorrectly will cause a delay in the approval of your enrollment.
If you are a developer who is an employee at a company, non-profit organization, joint venture, partnership, or government organization, your organization's legal entity name will be listed as the seller on the App Store and Mac App Store. We'll ask for basic personal information, your legal entity name, and your D-U-N-S® Number as part of our verification process. You can add additional developers to your team through the People page in your account on the developer website.
Organizations enrolling in the Apple Developer Program will need:
- Legal Entity Status
To enroll in an Apple Developer Program, your organization must be a legal entity so that it can enter into contracts with Apple. We do not accept DBAs, fictitious businesses, trade names, or branches. The legal entity name will appear as the “seller” for apps you distribute on the App Store and Mac App Store. Example: Seller: ABC Company, Inc.
- A D-U-N-S Number
Your organization must have a D-U-N-S Number so that we can verify your organization’s identity and legal entity status. These unique nine-digit numbers are assigned by Dun & Bradstreet and are widely used as standard business identifiers. You can check to see if your organization already has a D-U-N-S Number and request one if necessary. They are free in most jurisdictions. Learn more
- Legal Binding Authority
As the person enrolling your organization in the Apple Developer Program, you must have the legal authority to bind your organization to legal agreements. You must be the organization’s owner/founder, executive team member, senior project lead, or have legal authority granted to you by a senior employee.
If you are a contract developer hired by an organization to develop apps or extensions for distribution on their behalf, or you are a contract developer hired by an organization to develop proprietary in-house apps for their employees and volume purchasing is not offered in your region:
- The company should enroll in the Apple Developer Program using the steps outlined above.
- They should add you to their development team in their account on the developer website so you can access membership resources.
- The company name will be listed as the seller if they are distributing apps on the App Store or Mac App Store.
- Although the company must be the one to submit the app for review, you can assist them.
If you are a contract developer hired by an organization to develop proprietary in-house apps for their employees, and volume purchasing is offered in your region:
- You should enroll in the Apple Developer Program as an individual using the steps outlined above.
- The organization should join the Volume Purchase Program for Business (VPP).
- When submitting your app for review, select the B2B Distribution option in iTunes Connect.
- Employees can download the app privately from the VPP website. Learn more about VPP.
After Submitting Your Enrollment
Individuals and sole proprietors/single person businesses can review the license agreement and purchase a membership at the time of enrollment. Organizations can review the license agreement and purchase a membership once Apple Developer Support verifies the enrollment information and sends an email with next steps. You can check the status of your enrollment in your account on the developer website. Be sure to sign in with the Apple ID you used to enroll.
Enrolling in Multiple Programs
The Apple Developer Enterprise Program and the iOS Developer University Program each require a unique Apple ID than that used for any other membership. You'll need to set up a new Apple ID and enroll separately. If you currently have an iTunes Connect account to sell another media type (books, music, TV content, or movies), you cannot use the Apple ID associated with that iTunes Connect account to enroll in any other programs. You’ll need to set up a new Apple ID for all other memberships.
Do I need a Mac to develop apps for Apple platforms?
Yes. You must have an Intel-based Mac running OS X Yosemite (v10.10) or later.
Can I enroll as an individual and have my company appear as the seller on the App Store?
No. To have your company name appear as the seller, your company must be recognized as a legal entity and you must be enrolled as an organization. If you are a sole proprietor/single person business, you must join as an individual and your legal name will appear as the seller. If you have enrolled as an individual and need to convert your individual account to an organization account, please contact us.
Is there an Apple Developer Program for students? Do students receive any discounts?
No, we do not offer a student Apple Developer Program or student discounts. However, if you attend an education institution that is enrolled in the iOS Developer University Program and offers iOS development classes for which you have registered, you will have access to the membership resources and benefits available to your class.