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[iOS Dev]: Can a web browser open an app?
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Dec 19, 2011, 02:56 PM
 
As the subject says, I'm wondering if a web page (probably via mobile safari in 90% of the cases) can have a link that will open an app on the users phone? Our iPhone dev is on vacation this week and I'm working up specs for a project but I can't seem to get the Google Fu to provide a clear answer.
     
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Dec 19, 2011, 02:59 PM
 
it works for apple: itunes.apple.com on safari on an ipad opens the itunes app. However, would apple let others do it... is it a security problem?
     
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Dec 19, 2011, 03:13 PM
 
That's what I'm thinking. Passing code outside the app "sandbox" is a probable security hole. But thought I'd see if I could get 100% denial so we can head down a different path.
     
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Dec 19, 2011, 03:47 PM
 
Originally Posted by -Q- View Post
As the subject says, I'm wondering if a web page (probably via mobile safari in 90% of the cases) can have a link that will open an app on the users phone? Our iPhone dev is on vacation this week and I'm working up specs for a project but I can't seem to get the Google Fu to provide a clear answer.
Yep. Mobile Safari can launch applications via URL Schemes. IPhone URL Schemes - akosma wiki This does not mean you can launch any generic app by it's identifier, but you can launch your own by registering it's URL scheme.
     
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Dec 19, 2011, 10:03 PM
 
Ah, great info! Thanks King Bob!
     
   
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