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UIWebView links open in Safari if the URL doesn't match a certain pattern
- (BOOL)webView:(UIWebView *)webView shouldStartLoadWithRequest:(NSURLRequest *)request navigationType:(UIWebViewNavigationType)navigationType {
if ( navigationType == UIWebViewNavigationTypeLinkClicked ) {
NSString *urlString = request.URL.absoluteString;
// Set the pattern to search the request URL for
NSRange range = [urlString rangeOfString:@""];
if (range.location != NSNotFound) {
NSLog(@"%s", "This link matches the pattern and will be loaded in-app within the UIWebView.");
return YES;
} else {
NSLog(@"%s", "This link does NOT match the pattern and will be loaded in Safari.");
[[UIApplication sharedApplication] openURL:[request URL]];
return NO;
return YES;
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plasticmind commented Feb 27, 2014

Note: This should be placed in your ViewController file.

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