SpaceDog SpaceDog - 1 year ago 112
iOS Question

Deleting expired provisioning profiles

Using exclusively terminal, how can one identify and delete the expired provisioning profiles from

~/Library/MobileDevice/Provisioning Profiles

Is there a way to do that just from terminal?

Answer Source

You can write a shell script that will loop through the files, grab the date from the mobileprovision file, and check it against the current date.


for provisioning_profile in ~/Library/MobileDevice/Provisioning\ Profiles/*.mobileprovision;
    printf "Checking ${provisioning_profile}... "

    # pull the expiration date from the plist
    expirationDate=`/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c 'Print :ExpirationDate' /dev/stdin <<< $(security cms -D -i "${provisioning_profile}")`

    # convert it to a format we can use to see if it is in the past (YYYYMMDD)
    read dow month day time timezone year <<< "${expirationDate}"
    ymd_expiration=`date -jf"%a %e %b %Y" "${dow} ${day} ${month} ${year}" +%Y%m%d`

    # compare it to today's date
    ymd_today=`date +%Y%m%d`

    if [ ${ymd_today} -ge ${ymd_expiration} ];
        echo "EXPIRED"
        # rm -f "${provisioning_profile}"
        echo "not expired"


You can use the security command and plist buddy to extract the ExpirationDate from the file. Then for simplicity I just convert that date to a easily comparable format (YYYMMDD) and compare it to today's date in the same format. I print out the status of each. Note: I do not do the delete, because I want you to verify the script results before you uncomment the removal line. I ran it on mine, and threw in an old profile. It correctly identified the expired profile in my tests.

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