A drop-in inline browser for your iOS app.
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Note: SVWebViewController now uses Automatic Reference Counting (ARC). Find the last MRC commit on the master-mrc branch.


is a simple inline browser for iOS. The iPhone UI is highly based on Tweetie’s inline browser, and the iPad version on Reeder.

SVWebViewController features:

  • iPhone and iPad distinct UIs
  • full landscape orientation support
  • back, forward, stop/refresh and action buttons (with actions “Open in Safari” and “Mail Link”)
  • navbar title set to the currently visible web page
  • talks with setNetworkActivityIndicatorVisible


  • Drag the SVWebViewController/SVWebViewController folder into your project.
  • Add the MessageUI framework to your project


(see sample Xcode project in /Demo)

Just like any UIViewController, SVWebViewController can be pushed into a UINavigationController stack:

SVWebViewController *webViewController = [[SVWebViewController alloc] initWithAddress:@"http://google.com"];
[self.navigationController pushViewController:webViewController animated:YES];
[webViewController release];

It can also be presented modally using SVModalWebViewController:

SVModalWebViewController *webViewController = [[SVModalWebViewController alloc] initWithAddress:@"http://google.com"];
[self presentModalViewController:webViewController animated:YES];	
[webViewController release];

Changing the bars tint color

Only SVModalWebViewController supports custom tint colors using the barsTintColor property.

Customizing the action sheet

Use the availableActions integer bit mask property to set which actions should be available for display:

enum {
    SVWebViewControllerAvailableActionsNone             = 0,
    SVWebViewControllerAvailableActionsOpenInSafari     = 1 << 0,
    SVWebViewControllerAvailableActionsMailLink         = 1 << 1,
    SVWebViewControllerAvailableActionsCopyLink         = 1 << 2

Default is SVWebViewControllerAvailableActionsOpenInSafari | SVWebViewControllerAvailableActionsMailLink.


SVWebViewController is brought to you by Sam Vermette and contributors to the project. If you have feature suggestions or bug reports, feel free to help out by sending pull requests or by creating new issues. If you’re using SVWebViewController in your project, attribution would be nice.