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An iOS bridge for sending messages to and from javascript in a UIWebView.

If you like WebViewJavascriptBridge you should also check out WebViewProxy.

In the Wild

WebViewJavascriptBridge is used by a range of companies and projects. This list was just started and is still very incomplete.

Are you using WebViewJavascript at your company? Add it and send us a pull request!

Setup & Examples

Just open the Xcode project and hit run to see ExampleApp run.

To use a WebViewJavascriptBridge in your own project:

1) Drag the WebViewJavascriptBridge folder into your project.

  • In the dialog that appears, uncheck "Copy items into destination group's folder" and select "Create groups for any folders"

2) Import the header file:

#import "WebViewJavascriptBridge.h"

3) Instantiate a UIWebView and a WebViewJavascriptBridge:

UIWebView* webView = [[UIWebView alloc] initWithFrame:self.window.bounds];
WebViewJavascriptBridge* bridge = [WebViewJavascriptBridge bridgeForWebView:webView handler:^(id data, WVJBResponse* response) {
    NSLog(@"Received message from javascript: %@", data);
    [response respondWith:@"Right back atcha"];
    // or [response respondWithError:]

4) Go ahead and send some messages from ObjC to javascript:

[bridge send:@"Well hello there"];
[bridge send:[NSDictionary dictionaryWithObject:@"Foo" forKey:@"Bar"]];
[bridge send:@"Give me a response, will you?" responseCallback:^(id error, id responseData) {
    NSLog(@"objc got its response! %@ %@", error, responseData);

4) Finally, set up the javascript side:

document.addEventListener('WebViewJavascriptBridgeReady', function onBridgeReady(event) {
    var bridge = event.bridge
    bridge.init(function(message, response) {
        alert('Received message: ' + message)   
        if (response) {
            response.respondWith("Right back atcha")
            // or use response.respondWithError("Booh!")
    bridge.send('Hello from the javascript')
    bridge.send('Please respond to this', function responseCallback(error, responseData) {
        console.log("javascript got its response", error, responseData)
}, false)

API Reference


[WebViewJavascriptBridge bridgeForWebView:(UIWebView*)webview handler:(WVJBHandler)handler]
[WebViewJavascriptBridge bridgeForWebView:(UIWebView*)webview webViewDelegate:(UIWebViewDelegate*)webViewDelegate handler:(WVJBHandler)handler]

Create a javascript bridge for the given UIWebView.

The WVJBResponse will not be nil if the javascript expects a response.

Optionally, pass in webViewDelegate:(UIWebViewDelegate*)webViewDelegate if you need to respond to the UIWebView's lifecycle events.


[WebViewJavascriptBridge bridgeForWebView:webView handler:^(id data, WVJBResponse response) {
    NSLog(@"Received message from javascript: %@", data);
    if (response) {
        [response respondWith:@"Right back atcha"];

[WebViewJavascriptBridge bridgeForWebView:webView webViewDelegate:self handler:^(id data, WVJBResponse response) { /* ... */ }];
[bridge send:(id)data]
[bridge send:(id)data responseCallback:(WVJBResponseCallback)responseCallback]

Send a message to javascript. Optionally expect a response by giving a responseCallback block.


[bridge send:@"Hi"];
[bridge send:[NSDictionary dictionaryWithObject:@"Foo" forKey:@"Bar"]];
[bridge send:@"I expect a response!" responseCallback:^(id error, id responseData) {
    if (error) { return NSLog(@"Uh oh, I got an error: %@", error); }
    NSLog(@"Got response! %@", responseData);
[bridge registerHandler:(NSString*)handlerName handler:(WVJBHandler)handler]

Register a handler called handlerName. The javascript can then call this handler with WebViewJavascriptBridge.callHandler("handlerName").


[bridge registerHandler:@"getScreenHeight" handler:^(id data, WVJBResponse response) {
    [response respondWith:[NSNumber numberWithInt:[UIScreen mainScreen].bounds.size.height]];
[bridge callHandler:(NSString*)handlerName data:(id)data]
[bridge callHandler:(NSString*)handlerName data:(id)data responseCallback:(WVJBResponseCallback)callback]

Call the javascript handler called handlerName. Optionally expect a response by giving a responseCallback block.


[bridge callHandler:@"showAlert" data:@"Hi from ObjC to JS!"];
[bridge callHandler:@"getCurrentPageUrl" data:nil responseCallback:^(id error, id responseData) {
    if (error) { return NSLog(@"Huston, we got a problem: %@", error); }
    NSLog(@"Current UIWebView page URL is: %@", responseData);

Javascript API

document.addEventListener('WebViewJavascriptBridgeReady', function onBridgeReady(event) { ... }, false)

Always wait for the WebViewJavascriptBridgeReady DOM event.


document.addEventListener('WebViewJavascriptBridgeReady', function(event) {
    var bridge = event.bridge
    // Start using the bridge
}, false)
bridge.init(function messageHandler(data, response) { ... })

Initialize the bridge. This should be called inside of the 'WebViewJavascriptBridgeReady' event handler.

The messageHandler function will receive all messages sent from ObjC via [bridge send:(id)data] and [bridge send:(id)data responseCallback:(WVJBResponseCallback)responseCallback].

The response object will be defined if if ObjC sent the message with a WVJBResponseCallback block.


bridge.init(function(data, response) {
    alert("Got data " + JSON.stringify(data))
    if (response) {
        response.respondWith("Right back atcha!")
        // or, response.respondWithError("It went wrong!")
bridge.send("Hi there!")
bridge.send({ Foo:"Bar" })
bridge.send(data, function responseCallback(error, responseData) { ... })

Send a message to ObjC. Optionally expect a response by giving a responseCallback function.


bridge.send("Hi there!")
bridge.send("Hi there!", function(error, responseData) {
    if (error) { return alert("Uh oh, we got an error: "+error) }
    alert("I got a response! "+JSON.stringify(data))
bridge.registerHandler("handlerName", function(error, responseData) { ... })

Register a handler called handlerName. The ObjC can then call this handler with [bridge callHandler:"handlerName" data:@"Foo"] and [bridge callHandler:"handlerName" data:@"Foo" responseCallback:^(id error, id responseData) { ... }]


bridge.registerHandler("showAlert", function(data) { alert(data) })
bridge.registerHandler("getCurrentPageUrl", function(data, response) {

iOS4 support (with JSONKit)

Note: iOS4 support has not yet been tested in v2.

WebViewJavascriptBridge uses NSJSONSerialization by default. If you need iOS 4 support then you can use JSONKit, and add USE_JSONKIT to the preprocessor macros for your project.