Charlie Charlie - 6 months ago 171
iOS Question

iOS WKWebView not showing javascript alert() dialog

I am having some trouble getting a WKWebView in iOS 8 to display an alert dialog that is called from Javascript. After creating a standard WKWebView and loading an HTML file, I have a button on the page that creates a simple alert with some text. This works in UIWebView and in Google Chrome/Safari, but does not appear to be working in WKWebView. Any help is appreciated.

My setup is as follows:

WKWebViewConfiguration *config = [[WKWebViewConfiguration alloc] init];
config.allowsInlineMediaPlayback = YES;
config.mediaPlaybackRequiresUserAction = false;
_wkViewWeb = [[WKWebView alloc] initWithFrame:_viewWeb.frame config];
_wkViewWeb.scrollView.scrollEnabled = NO;
NSString *fullURL = @"file://.../TestSlide.html";
NSURL *url = [NSURL URLWithString:fullURL];
NSURLRequest *request = [NSURLRequest requestWithURL:url cachePolicy:NSURLRequestReloadIgnoringCacheData timeoutInterval:10];

[_wkViewWeb loadRequest:request];

The html has the following function:

<SCRIPT Language="JavaScript">
function alertTest() {
alert("Testing Alerts");

And a button:

<b>Test Alerts: <input type="button" value="Alert Popup" onclick="alertTest()"><br></b> <br>

This setup works in UIWebView and in regular browsers, but does not work in WKWebView. Am I missing something in the configuration? Should I be using one of the WK delegates to control the alert/confirm dialog behavior? Thank you.


To solve this you need a WKUIDelegate for your web view. It is the duty of the delegate to decide if an alert should be displayed, and in what way. You need to implement this for alert, confirm and text input (prompt).

Here is sample code without any validation of the page url or security features:

- (void)webView:(WKWebView *)webView runJavaScriptAlertPanelWithMessage:(NSString *)message initiatedByFrame:(WKFrameInfo *)frame completionHandler:(void (^)(void))completionHandler
    UIAlertController *alertController = [UIAlertController alertControllerWithTitle:message
    [alertController addAction:[UIAlertAction actionWithTitle:@"OK"
                                                      handler:^(UIAlertAction *action) {
    [self presentViewController:alertController animated:YES completion:^{}];

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