Open a web url without leaving your app

Jesus Guerra
2 min readJan 15, 2019


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What is SFSafariViewController?

SFSafariViewController is an object that provides a visible standard interface for browsing the web. The view controller includes Safari features such as Reader, AutoFill, Fraudulent Website Detection, and content blocking.

Something to take in mind is that the user’s activity and interaction with SFSafariViewController are not visible to your app, which cannot access AutoFill data, browsing history, or website data.

In accordance with App Store Review Guidelines, this view controller must be used to visibly present information to users; the controller may not be hidden or obscured by other views or layers. Additionally, an app may not use SFSafariViewController to track users without their knowledge and consent.

How to use it?

SFSafariViewController is part of the SafariServices Framework, so first you will need to import this framework then create and instance of SFSafariViewController and just present it.

Your view controller should look something like this:

openLink holds the logic to Present SFSafariViewController


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Jesus Guerra