BlackBerry is making is much easier for developers so they will no longer have to worry about backing up their BlackBerry 10 code signing keys, forgetting their signing password, remembering which computer they had their keys installed on, or waiting for signing keys to be emailed to them.

BlackBerry 10 code signing keys can now be replaced with a BlackBerry ID account to verify the author of an application. BlackBerry Native SDK, BlackBerry AIR SDK and Android tools now include support for BlackBerry IDs.

According to BlackBerry’s DevBlog here’s how to get started:

For Existing BlackBerry Code Signing Key Holders

Your currently installed BlackBerry code signing keys will continue to function, but I recommend linking them to a BlackBerry ID account right away to take advantage of all the benefits outlined above.  In order to do so, log into BlackBerry ID to create a BlackBerry ID token, which is where you choose the password you’ll use when signing applications. Once you have the BlackBerry ID token, run the following command to link your currently installed BlackBerry code signing keys to your BlackBerry ID account:

blackberry-signer -linkcsk –bbidtoken <BBID Token CSK filename>
-oldcskpass <Legacy CSK password> –bbidcskpass <BBID Token CSK password>

It’s that easy.

For New BlackBerry Developers

If you’ve never signed a BlackBerry 10 or PlayBook application before, you can start fresh using your BlackBerry ID account. The BlackBerry Native SDK setup wizard will walk you through this process. If you are using one of our other development tools, log into BlackBerry ID to create a BlackBerry ID token and follow the steps in the links below to configure your computer for signing.