Example swift and JS intercommunication
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A simple example of how to do communication from javascript in a WKWebView to iOS native and vice versa using Swift 3 without pulling in a full framework like Cordova.


To make calls from native to javascript, create a Javascript instance with your WKWebView:

class ViewController: UIViewController {
    var webView: WKWebView?
    var javascript: Javascript?

    // ...

    override func viewDidLoad() {
        self.webView = WKWebView(frame: webFrame, configuration: config)
        self.javascript = Javascript(webView: self.webView!)

Then wherever you want to run JS from the UI:

// inside some function
self.javascript!.exec("WebView.handleCallFromNative(\(newText))", completion: { (result: JavascriptResult) in
  //example of how to check for an error message
  if let errorMessage = result.errorMessage {
  else if let retVal = result.returnValue {
    print("Javascript Returned Value: '\(retVal)'")

  print("result: \(result)")

To Native

To make calls from your javascript to native some additional set up is required.

  1. Create a new NativeMethodManager() and pass it a WKWebViewConfiguration() to work with:

    let config = WKWebViewConfiguration()
    let methodManager = NativeMethodManager(configuration: config)
  2. Then, add the methods you want to it using addMethod():

    methodManager.addMethod(name: "callNative", method: { (message) in
      //message is Any? type, so it must be cast.
      if let name = message as? String {
        print ("Quack, \(name)")
      print("Received `callNative` with message: '\(message)'")
  3. Now your method will be available from the javascript under the window.webkit.messageHandlers object and can be invoked by calling postMessage() on your object:


    In this example callNative is the name of the method we set up in the addMethod(name:method:) call from step 2. If we had named the method squish in step 2, we could have to call window.webkit.messageHandlers.squish.postMessage(message);