Bootstrapping Anka macOS VM for your iOS Build/Test Job

What is Anka Build Anka Build is a solution suite to configure a macOS cloud mac hardware, on which you can provision immutable docker like macOS VMs for iOS and macOS CI jobs. Anka hypervisor enables macOS VMs to run in a very resource efficient manner and fast boot feature makes them available on-demand instantly. […]

Anka Build Controller Portal – Provides visibility into the health of macOS cloud for CI

In our recently released version 1.2 of Anka Build, we made few changes to the management module (Controller) to enable even easier setup, configuration, and management of macOS cloud for CI. For more details on how to configure macOS cloud for CI, refer to Anka Build macOS cloud on Mac Pro or Anka Build macOS […]

iOS CI infrastructure – macOS cloud on Mac Pros with Anka Build

In our previous blog post, we discussed setting up macOS cloud for iOS CI on a mac mini cluster. Let’s now look at creating macOS cloud on mac pros for scalable and agile iOS CI. While the CPU on mac minis are much faster(as proven in various benchmarks) than existing Mac Pro models and result […]

Configuring Jenkins Pipeline for iOS CI to run on Anka Build macOS cloud

In this blog, we will describe steps to run Jenkins iOS CI jobs defined as pipelines on macOS slave VMs running on Anka Build Anka Build macOS cloud. One of our previous blog titled “configuring Jenkins iOS CI macOS cloud” covered the basic steps to configure Jenkins-Anka Build plugin and steps to use it in […]

Running a macOS cloud on mac mini cluster for iOS CI

It’s been twelve years since the introduction of the first Mac mini. During these twelve years, there have been multiple updates and new models introduced with the last one in 2014. In 2011 the Mac Mini was updated with the power of i5 and i7 processors, and users started using it for the first time […]

Launching build/test environment for iOS CI jobs at AWS instance launch speeds

In this blog, we will describe how teams can configure a private (on-prem or hosted) cloud and instantaneously launch on-demand, isolated build/test instances to execute their iOS CI jobs, while still meeting the tough demands of the speed of overall execution of the CI jobs. It’s no secret that speed of CI job execution directly […]

Anka Registry available in a Mac Application Package – Store and manage Anka VMs in macOS cloud for CI

Anka Registry enables management and distribution of macOS development environments (macOS VMs) across developers and to macOS cloud for CI, for consistent and repeatable build and test operations. With Anka Registry, you can create macOS image and then in an incremental manner provision Xcode, final dependencies and push to the registry, from where it is […]

Configuring Jenkins to scale iOS CI on macOS cloud with on-demand slaves

This blog is not a comparison of CI tools or services available. It assumes that Jenkins is your CI tool of choice for iOS CI/CD. There have been a lot of blogs written on how to configure Jenkins for iOS CI – starting with plugin installation, using Fastlane and other tools etc to further streamline […]

Using Anka to Build Anka – Example of developing locally on workstation in build and test Anka macOS VMs

Here is a peek into how our development team uses do builds for Anka product locally using Anka itself. We have all seen multiple blog posts shared by developments teams who are developing on top of Linux explaining how their developers are using containers to setup build and test environments locally on their workstations, with […]

Anka version update 1.0.2.73 for HiSierra GA release support

We are publishing an updated version 1.0.2.73 for both Anka Build and Anka Flow packages. For the past two months, we have been testing Anka with the HiSierra macOS and have supported the HiSierra beta versions. Today, with this release update, we are supporting the HiSierra GA version. Some of the things that you can do […]