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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.

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Getting started

ns plugin add nativescript-inappbrowser

Manual installation

  • Android Platform with Android Support:

    Modify your android/build.gradle configuration:

    buildscript {
      ext {
        buildToolsVersion = "28.0.3"
        minSdkVersion = 16
        compileSdkVersion = 28
        targetSdkVersion = 28
        // Only using Android Support libraries
        supportLibVersion = "28.0.0"
  • Android Platform with AndroidX:

    Modify your android/build.gradle configuration:

    buildscript {
      ext {
        buildToolsVersion = "28.0.3"
        minSdkVersion = 16
        compileSdkVersion = 28
        targetSdkVersion = 28
        // Remove 'supportLibVersion' property and put specific versions for AndroidX libraries
        androidXBrowser = "1.0.0"
        // Put here other AndroidX dependencies


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.
onStart Initialize a bound background service so the application can communicate its intention to the browser. After the service is connected, the client can be used to Warms up the browser to make navigation faster and indicates that a given URL may be loaded in the future. - Android Only.
warmup Warm up the browser process - Android Only.
mayLaunchUrl Tells the browser of a likely future navigation to a URL. The most likely URL has to be specified first. Optionally, a list of other likely URLs can be provided. They are treated as less likely than the first one, and have to be sorted in decreasing priority order. These additional URLs may be ignored. All previous calls to this method will be deprioritized - Android Only.

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]
formSheetPreferredContentSize (Object) Custom size for iPad formSheet modals [{width: 400, height: 500}]

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]
navigationBarColor (String) Sets the navigation bar color. [gray/#808080]
navigationBarDividerColor (String) Sets the navigation bar divider color. [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]
includeReferrer (Boolean) Determining whether to include your package name as referrer for the website to track. [true/false]


import { Utils, Dialogs } from '@nativescript/core';
import { InAppBrowser } from 'nativescript-inappbrowser';

  openLink = async () => {
    try {
      const url = ''
      if (await InAppBrowser.isAvailable()) {
        const result = await, {
          // 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',
          navigationBarColor: 'black',
          navigationBarDividerColor: 'white',
          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'
          hasBackButton: true,
          browserPackage: '',
          showInRecents: false
          title: 'Response',
          message: JSON.stringify(result),
          okButtonText: 'Ok'
      else {
    catch(error) {
        title: 'Error',
        message: error.message,
        okButtonText: 'Ok'

Android Optimizations

On Android, you can warmup the in app browser client to make it launch siginificantly faster. To do so, add the following to your Custom Android Activity.

import { InAppBrowser } from "nativescript-inappbrowser";
export class Activity extends {
  public onStart(): void {
    // InAppBrowser initialization for CustomTabsServiceConnection

You can further optimize performance and pre-render pages by providing the urls that the user is likely to open.

constructor() {
  // Do not call this every time the component render
  InAppBrowser.mayLaunchUrl(this._url, [

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" android:pathPrefix="" />
  • utilities.ts
export const getDeepLink = (path = "") => {
  const scheme = 'my-scheme';
  const prefix = global.isAndroid ? `${scheme}://my-host/` : `${scheme}://`;
  return prefix + path;
  • home-page.ts
import { Utils, Dialogs } from '@nativescript/core';
import { InAppBrowser } from 'nativescript-inappbrowser';
import { getDeepLink } from './utilities';
  async onLogin() {
    const deepLink = getDeepLink('callback')
    const url = `${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 Utils.openUrl(url)
    } catch {


The StatusBar will keep the last one provided in your app. So if the StatusBar is dark-content before you open the browser this will keep it.


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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