Solano CI: Now with iOS Testing!

Building and testing your mobile app got you down?  Don’t worry – Solano Labs is launching beta support today for building, testing and deploying your iOS apps, along with our existing Android support in Solano CI.  Building and testing on iOS is available for free during this limited beta period.  In addition to trusting Solano CI for your continuous integration and deployment, you can now also rely on Solano CI for your mobile build and test needs, from committing code through delivering your app into the app store!


Getting started is easy with your choice of building your iOS apps in our cloud or yours. If you have already invested in a cluster of Mac minis, Solano CI can automatically assign builds to them, or even run multi-project builds across parallel workers for faster results.

For Solano’s OS X cluster, we provision individual virtual machines customized for the needs of your specific organization, repository, or even branch. Baking the versions of the tools you use into the VM provides for faster build and test times, as dependencies do not need to be downloaded each and every build.

If you are an existing Solano CI customer, drop us a line on if you need any help with getting this set up. If you are new to Solano CI, we welcome you to sign up for a free trial here, and we promise to take good care of you.

So where do we go from here? Some of our customers have asked us for real device testing, and we’re certainly open to integration options. What’s your preferred real device testing platform? We’ve seen solutions on a multitude of real device solution platforms like AWS Device Farm, Testdroid, Sauce Labs, Perfecto Mobile, DeviceAnywhere Cloud and more. Let us know who you think we should integrate with, in the comments below, @solanolabs on Twitter, or email us –



  • manisha November 18, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Leo,

    One thing that’s not very clear to me is that, if I have a cluster of mac minis, would solano come with a virtualization technology that will work on this mac mini farm and enable provisioning of Vms. or Solano provides the ability to provision VMS, but we would have to have something like ESXi on mac minis(which , I understand is not supported).

    Please explain.

  • Isaac Chapman November 19, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    For customer-owned Apple hardware, the customer can choose any virtualization technology they would like. Some customers choose to not use any at all, since Apple licensing allows only up to three running VMs per computer at any given time.

    That being said, while not officially supported, ESXi is relatively easy to install on Mac Minis and has been very reliable in my experience.

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