URL Handler Plugin for Apache Cordova
launch your app by a link like this:
mycoolapp://for iOS, Android and WP8 (Cordova 3.0.0+)
BEWARE: For iOS you need Cordova-iOS 3.8.0 or higher
cordova platform add firstname.lastname@example.org
$ cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-urlhandler --variable URL_SCHEME=mycoolapp
mycoolapp by a nice scheme you want to have your app listen to:
1a. Your app can be launced by linking to it like this from a website or an email for example (all of these will work):
Open my appOpen my appOpen my appOpen my app
mycoolapp is the value of URL_SCHEME you used while installing this plugin.
1b. If you're trying to open your app from another PhoneGap app, use the InAppBrowser plugin and launch the receiving app like this, to avoid a 'protocol not supported' error:
Open the other app
2. When your app is launched by a URL, you probably want to do something based on the path and parameters in the URL. For that, you could implement the (optional)
handleOpenURL(url) method, which receives the URL that was used to launch your app.
If you want to alert the URL for testing the plugin, at least on iOS you need to wrap it in a timeout like this:
A more useful implementation would mean parsing the URL, saving any params to sessionStorage and redirecting the app to the correct page inside your app. All this happens before the first page is loaded.
URL Scheme hints
Please choose a URL_SCHEME which which complies to these restrictions:
- Don't use an already registered scheme (like
- Use only lowercase characters.
- Don't use a dash
-because on Android it will become underscore
- Use only 1 word (no spaces).
TIP: test your scheme by installing the app on a device or simulator and typing yourscheme:// in the browser URL bar, or create a test HTML page with a link to your app to impress your buddies.
This plugin allows you to start your app by calling it with a URL like
- Forget about using config.xml to define a URL scheme. This plugin adds 2 essential enhancements:
- Uniform URL scheme with Android (for which there is no option to define a URL scheme via PhoneGap configuration at all).
- Tested on iOS 7 and 8.
- Unlike iOS, there is no way to use config.xml to define a scheme for your app. Now there is.
- Tested on Android 4.3, will most likely work with 2.2 and up.
Running integration tests
runIntegrationTests.sh script for a specific platform:
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