In this article, I describe how to use GitHub and GitHub Actions to set up continuous integration, delivery, and deployment for a Mac app signed with an Apple Developer ID.
It used to be that you could just compile your code, package it in an archive or installer, put it on a site for download, and expect people to download it — not anymore. Thanks to the spread of malware, Apple has added restrictions to the operating system to prevent untrusted code from running. These restrictions complicate building and packaging. Furthermore, users who’ve used Homebrew expect to be able to install and keep up-to-date software from the command-line. This expectation complicates distribution, as well.