Ios – Open a WKWebview target=”_blank” link in Safari


I am trying to get my Hybrid IOS app that uses Swift and WKWebviews to open a link that has target="_blank" or if the URL contains http://, https://, or mailto: in Mobile Safari.

From this answer I get this code.

func webView(webView: WKWebView!, createWebViewWithConfiguration     configuration: WKWebViewConfiguration!, forNavigationAction navigationAction:     WKNavigationAction!, windowFeatures: WKWindowFeatures!) -> WKWebView! {
    if navigationAction.targetFrame == nil {
    return nil

First, that doesn't do anything for me. Second, I want it to open in a new window. And I found this code that is supposed to do something like that…

if let requestUrl = NSURL(string: "") {

How do I put these two together and get them to work? What do I need to add to the ViewController declaration to make it work?

Best Solution

Code updated for iOS 10 Swift 3:

override func loadView() {
    self.webView.navigationDelegate = self 
    self.webView.uiDelegate = self  //must have this

func webView(_ webView: WKWebView,
               createWebViewWith configuration: WKWebViewConfiguration,
               for navigationAction: WKNavigationAction,
               windowFeatures: WKWindowFeatures) -> WKWebView? {
    if navigationAction.targetFrame == nil, let url = navigationAction.request.url {
      if url.description.lowercased().range(of: "http://") != nil ||
        url.description.lowercased().range(of: "https://") != nil ||
        url.description.lowercased().range(of: "mailto:") != nil {
  return nil
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