Troubleshooting 'Entry, :cfbundleidentifier, Does Not Exist': A Comprehensive Guide

This guide provides a step-by-step solution to troubleshoot the 'Entry, ":cfbundleidentifier", Does Not Exist' error, which is commonly encountered by developers while building or running Xcode projects. This error occurs when the bundle identifier is not found in the Info.plist file or is incorrectly configured.

Table of Contents

  1. Understanding the Error
  2. Solutions to Fix the Error
  3. Check Info.plist File
  4. Recreate the Info.plist File
  5. Update Build Settings
  6. Clean Build Folder and Cache
  7. FAQs
  8. Related Links

Understanding the Error

The 'Entry, ":cfbundleidentifier", Does Not Exist' error indicates that the Xcode project cannot find the bundle identifier for your application. The bundle identifier is an essential attribute that uniquely identifies an application on the app store and is required for every iOS application. This error typically occurs due to misconfiguration or missing data in the Info.plist file.

Solutions to Fix the Error

Check Info.plist File

The first step in resolving the error is to check the Info.plist file in your Xcode project:

  1. Open your Xcode project.
  2. Navigate to the Info.plist file, which is usually located in the "Supporting Files" folder.
  3. Check if the CFBundleIdentifier key exists in the file. If it is missing or misspelled, add or correct the key as follows:

Recreate the Info.plist File

If the error persists after checking the Info.plist file, you may need to recreate the file:

  1. Delete the existing Info.plist file in your Xcode project.
  2. Create a new property list file by selecting File > New > File > Property List.
  3. Save the new file with the name Info.plist in the "Supporting Files" folder.
  4. Add the following code to the new Info.plist file:
  1. Update your project settings by selecting your target and navigating to the Info tab.
  2. Set the "Info.plist File" field to the new Info.plist file you just created.

Update Build Settings

If the error still occurs, you may need to update the build settings in your Xcode project:

  1. Open your Xcode project.
  2. Select your target and navigate to the Build Settings tab.
  3. Search for "Product Bundle Identifier" and ensure that the value is set correctly for your application (e.g., com.example.myapp).
  4. Search for "Info.plist" and ensure that the "Info.plist File" field is set to the correct file in your project (e.g., MyApp/Info.plist).

Clean Build Folder and Cache

Finally, if none of the above solutions work, try cleaning the build folder and cache:

  1. Select Product > Clean Build Folder in Xcode.
  2. Restart Xcode.
  3. Run your project again.


What is a bundle identifier?

A bundle identifier is a unique identifier for an application, which is used by iOS to distinguish your app from others. It is usually in reverse domain name notation (e.g., com.example.myapp).

Why is the bundle identifier important?

The bundle identifier serves as a unique identifier for your app on the App Store and is required for iOS app submission. It is also used for app provisioning and code signing.

Where is the bundle identifier stored?

The bundle identifier is stored in the Info.plist file of your Xcode project under the CFBundleIdentifier key.

How do I change the bundle identifier in Xcode?

To change the bundle identifier, open your Xcode project, select your target, navigate to the General tab, and change the value in the "Bundle Identifier" field.

Can I have multiple apps with the same bundle identifier?

No, each app must have a unique bundle identifier to be published on the App Store.

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