The Apple Developer Program provides everything individuals and organizations need to develop apps for distribution. Members can distribute apps on the App Store, the Mac App Store, and outside of the Mac App Store, as well as offer custom apps to specific businesses and proprietary apps to their employees on Apple Business Manager. Resources for Safari Extensions are also included.
To enroll, you'll need an Apple ID with two-factor authentication turned on.
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. 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.
Your organization’s website must be publicly available and the domain name must be associated with your organization.
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 organization 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 organization's name will be listed as the seller if they are distributing apps on the App Store or Mac App Store.
- Although the organization 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 create an account on Apple Business Manager*.
- When submitting your app for review, select the Custom App Distribution option in App Store Connect.
- Employees can download the app privately from Apple Business Manager. Learn more.
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.
Do I need to enroll to install apps on a device?
No. You can install apps on a device for free with Xcode. You'll only need to enroll if you'd like to distribute apps, access beta software, and integrate with capabilities such as Siri, Apple Pay, and iCloud.
Do I need a Mac to develop apps for Apple platforms?
Yes. We believe developing on a Mac is key to creating the very best apps for Apple platforms. You can use any Intel-based Mac running macOS High Sierra (version 10.13) or later.
Can I enroll as an individual and have my organization's name appear as the seller on the App Store?
To have your organization's name appear as the seller, your organization 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?
While there isn't a developer program specifically for students, learning to develop apps for Apple platforms is free to everyone. With just an Apple ID, you can access Xcode, software downloads, documentation, sample code, forums, and Feedback Assistant, and you can test your apps on devices. In addition, 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. If you'd like to distribute apps, you can join the Apple Developer Program.