iTunes Store Transporter GUI: GUI and workflow automation for the iTunes Store’s Transporter (iTMSTransporter)
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iTunes Store Transporter: GUI

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GUI and workflow automation for the iTunes Store's Transporter (iTMSTransporter)


Job Queue

Jobs Queue

Upload Packages


Package Browser

Upload in Progress

Check Package Status

Status Job

Retrieve Metadata

Metadata Job

Verify Packages

Verification Job

...and more!


In most cases the database driver must be compiled against an underlying database library. You must install the underlying library yourself. The installer will only attempt to install the Ruby portion which will fail if the underlying library is not found.


cd itunes_store_transporter_web-VERSION
ruby ./install.rb

For installation options see ruby ./install.rb --help.

Note that running install.rb does not install the iTunes Store Transporter (iTMSTransporter). If you're on OS X you can install the Transporter by installing Xcode. Otherwise, you'll have to create an iTunes Connect account and install it yourself.

Start the webserver

./bin/itmsweb start

Start the worker


Windows Users

Windows users must make a small modification to Apple's iTMSTransporter.CMD script. See Running on Windows.


In this section ROOT refers to the directory containing the website.

Configuration options can be set in ROOT/config/itmsweb.yml or via environment variables. Environment variables have precedence over values in the config file.

The environment variable examples assume an sh-like shell on GNU/Linux.


Config File

Database configuration is contained within the database section of the configuration file (ROOT/config/itmsweb.yml). It is used by the web server and the worker.

By default it will contain the information provided to the install script. Here's an example:

# itmsweb.yml

  adapter: mysql2 # DB driver (or sqlite3, postgresql, etc...)
  database: itmsweb # DB table
  username: sshaw
  password: ______Weee!@$%

Environment Variable

Set ITMS_DATABASE_URL to the appropriate connection string.


# SQLite
export ITMS_DATABASE_URL=sqlite3:path/to/database?timeout=5000
export ITMS_DATABASE_URL=mysql2://username:password@hostname/database



./bin/itmsweb start  # start the server on port 3000
./bin/itmsweb stop


itmsweb <start|stop|restart> [OPTIONS]

start options:

-h HOST     # Bind to HOST address
-p PORT     # Use PORT, default: 3000
-d          # Run daemonized in the background
-i PID      # Use PID as the PID file, default: ROOT/tmp/pids/
-a HANDLER  # Rack Handler (default: autodetect)

stop options:

-i PID      # Path to PID file of running process
			# Required if you started the server with a custom PID path


Errors are logged to ROOT/log/production.log.

Worker Processes

Jobs created through the website are added to the jobs queue. In order for jobs in the queue to be processed a worker process (or many workers processes) must be running.

The default worker process will run jobs, send email notifications, and execute job hooks. Depending on the type of workload you have (for example, a lot of pending jobs or long-running jobs hooks), it may be a good idea to start a worker process dedicated to a specific task. This can be done by passing a parameter to the itmsworker worker command specify the type of jobs it should process:

./bin/itmsworker TYPE

Where TYPE is notifications, hooks, or jobs.

jobs is the default, it will process everything.

Job Priority

The default (jobs) worker supports the MIN_PRIORITY and/or MAX_PRIORITY environment variables. These limit the worker to jobs with certain priorities.

MIN_PRIORITY=high ./bin/itmsworker jobs

A job's priority can be set when the job is submitted.

Running a remote worker process



File browser's root directory

The file browser's root directory defaults to the root directory of the machine running the web server (that's "/", not the web server's document root). On Windows the machine's volumes (C:, D:, etc...) will be used instead.

Note that all directories must be accessable by the worker process.

Config File

This can be changed by setting file_browser_root_directory to the path of the desired root directory. A list of root directories can also be used

# itmsweb.yml

file_browser_root_directory: /mnt/nas
# other options...

# Or, restrict it to a set of directories
  - /mnt/nas01
  - /mnt/nas02
Environment Variable

Set ITMS_FILE_BROWSER_ROOT_DIRECTORY to the desired directory. Multiple directories can be separated by a colon (:).


export ITMS_FILE_BROWSER_ROOT_DIRECTORY=/some/root/directory
# Use multiple roots
export ITMS_FILE_BROWSER_ROOT_DIRECTORY=/root/one:/root/two
A Note on Multiple Directories

There is a difference between using a single root directory and using a set of directories: if you use a single root directory the file browser will deault to displaying all the files under that directory. If multiple root directories are used the browser will default to displaying the names of these directories, not their contents.

Preventing users from changing the Transporter path

By default the iTMSTransporter path can be set by visiting the config page. For client/server (i.e., non-local) setups it might be desirable to prevent users from changing it. This can be done by setting the allow_select_transporter_path option to false. This will prevent the config page from displaying the iTMSTransporter path dialog.

It's best to set this option after setting the iTMSTransporter path, as there is currently no concept of users and roles so when this is set to false no one will be able to change the path.

Config File
# itmsweb.yml

allow_select_transporter_path: false
# other options...
Environment Variable


iTMSTransporter output logs

Everytime a worker process runs iTMSTransporter its output is saved and made available through the website. By default the output logs are saved in ROOT/var/lib/output. This location can be changed by setting the output_log_directory option to the desired directory.

This directory must be accessible by the worker and website processes.

Config File
# itmsweb.yml

output_log_directory: /mnt/log/itunes
# other options...
Environment Variable

Set ITMS_OUTPUT_LOG_DIRECTORY to the desired directory.


export ITMS_OUTPUT_LOG_DIRECTORY=/some/directory

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