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      Latest reply on Dec 3, 2016 6:05 AM by eskimo
      iFunnyVlogger Dev Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

        I'm creating an app that uses WKWebView. Whenever a user clicks on a link in that webview, I want the link to open up in safari instead of inside the webview. I'm really new at coding, so please make it as easy as possible.  I just need the code I need to add. Here's the code bellow:


        import UIKit
        import WebKit
        class FirstViewController: UIViewController {
            @IBOutlet var containerView: UIView! = nil
            var webView: WKWebView?
            override func loadView() {
                self.webView = WKWebView()
                self.view = self.webView!
            override func viewDidLoad() {
                var url = NSURL(string:"http://www.example.com/")
                var req = NSURLRequest(url:url as! URL)
                self.webView!.load(req as URLRequest)
            override func didReceiveMemoryWarning() {


        I'm using Xcode 8 and Swift 3

        • Re: Open WKWebView Links in Safari
          eskimo Apple Staff Apple Staff (13,925 points)

          What you need to do here is set the navigation delegate on the web view (via the navigationDelegate property) and then implement the webView(_:decidePolicyFor:decisionHandler:) callback along the lines of what’s shown below.

          func webView(_ webView: WKWebView, decidePolicyFor navigationAction: WKNavigationAction, decisionHandler: @escaping (WKNavigationActionPolicy) -> Void) {
              if let url = navigationAction.request.url, … handle in Safari … {
              } else {

          where the elided code decides whether url should go to Safari or be opened in the web view.

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