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InAppBrowser for NativeScript

Provides access to the system's web browser and supports handling redirects

Chrome Custom Tabs for Android & SafariServices/AuthenticationServices for iOS.

Getting started

tns plugin add nativescript-inappbrowser


Methods Action
open Opens the url with Safari in a modal on iOS using SFSafariViewController, and Chrome in a new custom tab on Android. On iOS, the modal Safari will not share cookies with the system Safari.
close Dismisses the system's presented web browser.
openAuth Opens the url with Safari in a modal on iOS using SFAuthenticationSession/ASWebAuthenticationSession, and Chrome in a new custom tab on Android. On iOS, the user will be asked whether to allow the app to authenticate using the given url (OAuth flow with deep linking redirection).
closeAuth Dismisses the current authentication session.
isAvailable Detect if the device supports this plugin.

iOS Options

Property Description
dismissButtonStyle (String) The style of the dismiss button. [done/close/cancel]
preferredBarTintColor (String) The color to tint the background of the navigation bar and the toolbar. [white/#FFFFFF]
preferredControlTintColor (String) The color to tint the control buttons on the navigation bar and the toolbar. [gray/#808080]
readerMode (Boolean) A value that specifies whether Safari should enter Reader mode, if it is available. [true/false]
animated (Boolean) Animate the presentation. [true/false]
modalPresentationStyle (String) The presentation style for modally presented view controllers. [automatic/none/fullScreen/pageSheet/formSheet/currentContext/custom/overFullScreen/overCurrentContext/popover]
modalTransitionStyle (String) The transition style to use when presenting the view controller. [coverVertical/flipHorizontal/crossDissolve/partialCurl]
modalEnabled (Boolean) Present the SafariViewController modally or as push instead. [true/false]
enableBarCollapsing (Boolean) Determines whether the browser's tool bars will collapse or not. [true/false]
ephemeralWebSession (Boolean) Prevent re-use cookies of previous session (openAuth only) [true/false]

Android Options

Property Description
showTitle (Boolean) Sets whether the title should be shown in the custom tab. [true/false]
toolbarColor (String) Sets the toolbar color. [gray/#808080]
secondaryToolbarColor (String) Sets the color of the secondary toolbar. [white/#FFFFFF]
enableUrlBarHiding (Boolean) Enables the url bar to hide as the user scrolls down on the page. [true/false]
enableDefaultShare (Boolean) Adds a default share item to the menu. [true/false]
animations (Object) Sets the start and exit animations. [{ startEnter, startExit, endEnter, endExit }]
headers (Object) The data are key/value pairs, they will be sent in the HTTP request headers for the provided url. [{ 'Authorization': 'Bearer ...' }]
forceCloseOnRedirection (Boolean) Open Custom Tab in a new task to avoid issues redirecting back to app scheme. [true/false]
hasBackButton (Boolean) Sets a back arrow instead of the default X icon to close the custom tab. [true/false]
browserPackage (String) Package name of a browser to be used to handle Custom Tabs.
showInRecents (Boolean) Determining whether browsed website should be shown as separate entry in Android recents/multitasking view. [true/false]


import { openUrl } from 'tns-core-modules/utils/utils'
import { alert } from 'tns-core-modules/ui/dialogs'
import { InAppBrowser } from 'nativescript-inappbrowser'
  openLink = async () => {
    try {
      const url = 'https://www.google.com'
      if (await InAppBrowser.isAvailable()) {
        const result = await InAppBrowser.open(url, {
          // iOS Properties
          dismissButtonStyle: 'cancel',
          preferredBarTintColor: '#453AA4',
          preferredControlTintColor: 'white',
          readerMode: false,
          animated: true,
          modalPresentationStyle: 'fullScreen',
          modalTransitionStyle: 'coverVertical',
          modalEnabled: true,
          enableBarCollapsing: false,
          // Android Properties
          showTitle: true,
          toolbarColor: '#6200EE',
          secondaryToolbarColor: 'black',
          enableUrlBarHiding: true,
          enableDefaultShare: true,
          forceCloseOnRedirection: false,
          // Specify full animation resource identifier(package:anim/name)
          // or only resource name(in case of animation bundled with app).
          animations: {
            startEnter: 'slide_in_right',
            startExit: 'slide_out_left',
            endEnter: 'slide_in_left',
            endExit: 'slide_out_right'
          headers: {
            'my-custom-header': 'my custom header value'
          title: 'Response',
          message: JSON.stringify(result),
          okButtonText: 'Ok'
      else {
    catch(error) {
        title: 'Error',
        message: error.message,
        okButtonText: 'Ok'

Authentication Flow using Deep Linking

In order to redirect back to your application from a web browser, you must specify a unique URI to your app. To do this, define your app scheme and replace my-scheme and my-host with your info.

    <action android:name="android.intent.action.VIEW" />
    <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />
    <category android:name="android.intent.category.BROWSABLE" />
    <data android:scheme="my-scheme" android:host="my-host" />
  • utilities.ts
import { android } from "tns-core-modules/application";
export const getDeepLink = (path = "") => {
  const scheme = 'my-scheme';
  const prefix = android ? `${scheme}://my-host/` : `${scheme}://`;
  return prefix + path;
  • home-page.ts
import { openUrl } from 'tns-core-modules/utils/utils';
import { InAppBrowser } from 'nativescript-inappbrowser';
import { getDeepLink } from './utilities';
  async onLogin() {
    const deepLink = getDeepLink("callback")
    const url = `https://my-auth-login-page.com?redirect_uri=${deepLink}`
    try {
      if (await InAppBrowser.isAvailable()) {
        InAppBrowser.openAuth(url, deepLink, {
          // iOS Properties
          ephemeralWebSession: false,
          // Android Properties
          showTitle: false,
          enableUrlBarHiding: true,
          enableDefaultShare: false
        }).then((response) => {
          if (
            response.type === 'success' &&
          ) {
      } else openUrl(url)
    } catch (error) {


Using in-app browser tabs (like SFAuthenticationSession/ASWebAuthenticationSession and Android Custom Tabs) where available. Embedded user-agents, known as web-views (like UIWebView and WKWebView), are explicitly not supported due to the usability and security reasons documented in Section 8.12 of RFC 8252.

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