Vladimir Vladimir - 1 year ago 145
Objective-C Question

How to intercept click on link in UITextView?

Is it possible to perform custom action when user touch autodetected phone link in UITextView. Please do not advice to use UIWebView instead.

And please don't just repeat text from apple classes reference
- certainly I've already read it.


Answer Source

Update: From iOS 7 and Later UITextView has the delegate method:

- (BOOL)textView:(UITextView *)textView shouldInteractWithURL:(NSURL *)URL inRange:(NSRange)characterRange

to intercept the clicks to links. And this is the best way to do it.

For iOS 6 and earlier a nice way to do this is to by subclassing UIApplication and overwriting the -(BOOL)openURL:(NSURL *)url

@interface MyApplication : UIApplication {



@implementation MyApplication

-(BOOL)openURL:(NSURL *)url{
    if  ([self.delegate openURL:url])
         return YES;
         return [super openURL:url];

You will need to implement openURL: in your delegate.

Now, to have the application start with your new subclass of UIApplication, locate the file main.m in your project. In this small file that bootstraps your app, there is usually this line:

int retVal = UIApplicationMain(argc, argv, nil, nil);

The third parameter is the class name for your application. So, replacing this line for:

int retVal = UIApplicationMain(argc, argv, @"MyApplication", nil);

This did the trick for me.

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