WKWebView Polyfill

A drop-in replacement of UIWebView for boosted performance and enhanced HTML5 support
Eddy Verbruggen / Telerik0.3.6148
platforms: ios
$ cordova plugin add com.telerik.plugins.wkwebview

Cordova WKWebView Polyfill Plugin

by Eddy Verbruggen / Telerik

0. Index

  1. Description
  2. Screenshot
  3. Installation
  4. Changelog
  5. Credits
  6. License

1. Description

BETA - things may break, please post your feedback :)

  • Allows you to use the new WKWebView on iOS 8 (the simulator is supported as well).
  • Falls back to UIWebView on iOS 7 and lower.
  • Will hopefully cease to exist soon (when Apple releases a fixed WKWebView so Cordova can use it without the hacks I needed to apply).
  • As a matter of fact, Apache is working on a similar plugin (which you can't use at the moment of writing) which I came across after releasing version 0.1.1. It targets Cordova 3.7.0 and up whereas this plugin is supported on 3.0.0 an up.

TIPS

  • Ionic tip: to prevent flashes of a black background, make sure you set ion-nav-view's background-color to transparent.
  • If you need the device plugin, use at least Cordova-iOS 3.6.3 (deviceready never fires with 3.5.0 due to a currently unknown reason).

2. Screenshot

This image shows the SocialSharing plugin in action while running a performance test in an iframe on my iPhone 6 (older devices show an even larger difference). It's a screenshot of the demo app.

3. Installation

$ cordova plugin add com.telerik.plugins.wkwebview
$ cordova prepare

No need for anything else - you can now open the project in XCode 6 if you like.

4. Changelog

  • 0.3.6 Bind embedded webserver to localhost so it can't be reached from the outside, thanks #64!
  • 0.3.5 Compatibility with the statusbar plugin: allow the statusbar to not overlay the webview, thanks #6 and #20!
  • 0.3.4 The GCDWebServer is now compatible with all iOS architectures, thanks #47 and #48!
  • 0.3.2 Switched embedded HTTP server from CocoaHTTP server to GCDWebServer, thanks #43!
  • 0.3.1 Compatibility with the SplashScreen plugin
  • 0.3.0 Enhanced loading files with the embedded HTTP server, thanks #36!
  • 0.2.7 Cut app startup time in half - not noticable unless you have a lot of files in your app, see #32
  • 0.2.6 Config.xml settings like MediaPlaybackRequiresUserAction (autoplay HTML 5 video) are now supported, see #25.
  • 0.2.5 Fixed a script error for Cordova 3.5.0 and lower, see #17.
  • 0.2.4 Compatibility with the device plugin on Cordova 3.5.0 and lower, see #17.
  • 0.2.3 Compatibility with the close function of the Ionic Keyboard Plugin.
  • 0.2.2 Compatibility with plugins which use the superview of the 'classic' webview, like ActivityIndicator
  • 0.2.1 LocalStorage sync between UIWebView and WKWebView - on a real device as well
  • 0.2.0 LocalStorage sync between UIWebView and WKWebView - on a simulator only
  • 0.1.3 Compatibility with InAppBrowser
  • 0.1.2 Compatibility with plugins like Toast which add a subview to the webview (they didn't show)
  • 0.1.1 Cleanup to get rid of a few (deprecation) warnings - lots left (on purpose) because they're thrown by a 3rd party framework and can be safely ignored
  • 0.1.0 Added support for loading local files via XHR. This should now transparently work for $.ajax, AngularJS templateUrl's, etc. To this end the plugin adds an embedded HTTP server on port 12344 which is stopped when the app is put to sleep or exits.
  • 0.0.1 Initial version

5. Credits

This plugin was inspired by the hard work of the Apache Cordova team (and most notably Shazron).

6. License

The MIT License (MIT)

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.