Ben Scheirman Ben Scheirman - 1 year ago 763
iOS Question

UIWebView didFinishLoading fires multiple times

I have some code that needs to run after the a

finishes loading a document. For that I've set the
's delegate to my controller, and implemented the

This gets called multiple times, depending on the type of page to load. I'm not sure if it's because of ajax requests, requests for images, or maybe even iframes.

Is there a way to tell that the main request has finished, meaning the HTML is completely loaded?

Or perhaps delay my code from firing until all of those events are done firing?

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Answer Source

It could be enlightening (if you haven't gone this far yet) to NSLog a trace of load starts and finishes.

    - (BOOL)webView:(UIWebView *)webView shouldStartLoadWithRequest:(NSURLRequest *)request navigationType:(UIWebViewNavigationType)navigationType {
       NSLog(@"Loading: %@", [request URL]);
       return YES;

    - (void)webViewDidFinishLoad:(UIWebView *)webView {
       NSLog(@"didFinish: %@; stillLoading: %@", [[webView request]URL],

    - (void)webView:(UIWebView *)webView didFailLoadWithError:(NSError *)error {
       NSLog(@"didFail: %@; stillLoading: %@", [[webView request]URL],

I just watched the calls to all three in one of my projects which loads a help page from my bundle and contains embedded resources (external css, YUI!, images). The only request that comes through is the initial page load, shouldStartLoadWithRequest isn't called for any of the dependencies. So it is curious why your didFinishLoad is called multiple times.

Perhaps what you're seeing is due to redirects, or as mentioned, ajax calls within a loaded page. But you at least should be able balance calls to shouldStartLoad and either of the other two delegate functions and be able to determine when the loading is finished.

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