With the announcement of iOS 12,
UIWebView is now officially deprecated. As of iOS 13, Apple have started rejecting apps that implement
UIWebView, rendering this library completely defunct.
This library will be left up for developers who may still need to support iOS 7, but no new features will be added, nor will support be provided. Stay tuned. Plans for a
WKWebView version are in the making. :D
An Inline Web Browser for iOS Apps
TOWebViewController is an open-source
UIViewController subclass designed to let apps quickly present web page content to its users, without needing to kick them over to Safari.
TOWebViewController has been designed from the ground up to be easily integrated into existing projects, to take advantage of the latest features of iOS, and to optionally be backwards compatible with (significantly) earlier versions of iOS.
- Powered by
UIWebView, backwards compatible down to iOS 5.
- Full navigation buttons set, including back, forward, refresh and an optional share/action button.
- Detects whether being pushed modally, or via a navigation controller and adjusts the UI accordingly.
- A page load progress bar (using ninjinkun's amazing algorithm).
- Plays a smooth, elegant rotation animation if/when the user rotates the device.
- Icons are procedurally generated by CoreGraphics (ie, no unnecessary image assets at all!).
- Compatible with iOS 8 size classes, including split-screen on iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.
- 1Password automatic password input extension support.
TOWebViewController is smart enough to be able to tell when it's being presented as a modal popup, and when it's being pushed onto a
UINavigationController and to change its button layout accordingly.
Presenting as a Modal Dialog
When presenting as a modal popup, it is still necessary to create a parent
UINavigationController in order for the buttons to display properly:
TOWebViewController *webViewController = [[TOWebViewController alloc] initWithURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@"http://www.apple.com/"]]; UINavigationController *navigationController = [[UINavigationController alloc] initWithRootViewController:webViewController]; [self presentViewController:navigationController animated:YES completion:nil];
Pushing onto a
TOWebViewController *webViewController = [[TOWebViewController alloc] initWithURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@"http://www.apple.com/"]]; [self.navigationController pushViewController:webViewController animated:YES];
iOS 5.0 or above
As a CocoaPods Dependency
Add the following to your Podfile:
As a Carthage Dependency
Add the following to your Cartfile:
Download this project from GitHub, move the subfolder named 'TOWebViewController' over to your project folder, and drag it into your Xcode project.
After that, you'll need to link the following system frameworks to your project:
This library was originally built around iOS 5, with the explicit goal of supporting as many versions of iOS as possible. While there were some experiments in trying to drop
WKWebView into this controller as an option for devices running iOS 8 and above, its API is so inherantly different to
UIWebView that it would be very challenging to properly support switching between the two. As a result, the best option would be to write a new web view controller from scratch, designed around
TOWebViewController will not be adopting
WKWebView at any point in the future. If you would like an alternative view controller that does, please give DZNWebViewController a try!
Starting from iOS 9, Apple now provides a built-in web view controller of similar functionality named
SFSafariViewController. If your app is only targeting iOS 9, and it completely fills your requirements, then it is absolutely recommended that you adopt
SFSafariViewController instead of
That being said, if you are still targeting lower iOS versions, or require more customisability than
SFSafariViewController provides, then
TOWebViewController can still serve as a viable alternative.
Thanks also goes to
TOWebViewController's growing list of contributors!
TOWebViewController is licensed under the MIT License. For more information, please see the LICENSE file.