Display in-app web content with SFSafariViewController in SwiftUI

You can use Link to let users open a website in their web browser, outside of your app. But sometimes you want to present web content and don't want the users to leave your app.

To implement this feature, we have two available APIs: WKWebView and SFSafariViewController. Which one you choose, depends on the experience you want to provide.

WKWebView is part of the WebKit framework. It allows you to embed web content into your app. You can embed entire views or parts of your UI. Use it when you need to incorporate web content into your app alongside your app's native views. It's flexible and highly customizable. If you have to assign a custom user agent, then this API is for you.

SFSafariViewController is part of the SafariServices framework. It allows you to present a website from within your app. Users will never leave your app and they get the same experience as if they were using Safari, including password auto-fill and all security Safari provides. Use it when you need to display websites you don't own or present parts of web content that's out of scope of your app.

Always make sure the view controller is visibly present and never track users without their consent or you'll be in violation with the App Store Review Guidelines.

In this article, you'll learn how to use the latter.

Wrap the View Controller

SFSafariViewController, as the name suggests, is a UIKit component. To use it in your SwiftUI app, you need to create a view that represents a UIKit view controller by implementing the UIViewControllerRepresentable protocol.

First, import SwiftUI and SafariServices frameworks. Create the SafariViewWrapper and conform to the UIViewControllerRepresentable protocol. Implement the required methods:

import SwiftUI
import SafariServices

struct SafariViewWrapper: UIViewControllerRepresentable {
    let url: URL

    func makeUIViewController(
        context: UIViewControllerRepresentableContext<Self>
    ) -> SFSafariViewController {
        return SFSafariViewController(url: url)

    func updateUIViewController(
        _ uiViewController: SFSafariViewController,
        context: UIViewControllerRepresentableContext<SFSafariViewWrapper>
    ) {}

Since you're only presenting a website, in the makeUIViewController(context:) method you return the SFSafariViewController(url:) and pass the url as an argument.

updateUIViewController(_ :context:) is required for protocol conformance, but we don't need to do any updates so we can leave it empty. You're only presenting a website, in this case.


You can call the SafariViewWrapper directly, but I like to create a reusable View component because it's likely I'll need to use it multiple times.

Create a SafariView with showSafari state property and pass in the title and url:

import SwiftUI

struct SafariView: View {
    @Binding var showSafari: Bool
    var title: String
    var url: String
    var body: some View {
        Button(title) {
            showSafari = true
        .popover(isPresented: $showSafari) {
            SafariViewWrapper(url: URL(string: url)!)

You create a Button with a title that updates the presentation state of the popover when the user taps on it. You can also present the website as a full screen cover, but in this example, I'm using a modal popover.

Finally, you can implement it in any View:

    showSafari: $showSafari,
    title: "My Website",
    url: "https://www.danijelavrzan.com"

Add the @State private var showSafari = false at the beginning of your view to pass in the state to the child view to present the popover. Give the link an appropriate title and a url.

When you tap the link, you'll see the website inside your app.

In-app website popover presented using the SFSafariViewController

Final Thoughts

At the time of writing, there's no SwiftUI way of presenting an in-app web view so we have to resort to using UIKit APIs. But using them interchangeably is not a big task. They pair nicely with each other.

You can wrap any UIKit controller into a SwiftUI view and vice versa.

If you're interested in learning more how you can use both SwiftUI and UIKit to build responsive UIs, this talk from Adam Bell at iOS Conf SG 2023 is a good watch: Building Responsive Interactions.

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Thank you for reading and happy coding!