Dec 12

Among the most popular posts on this blog have been those about UIWebView. (The fact that it’s the #1 search result on Google for the term UIWebView might help. 🙂

Here’s I’d like to revisit the problem of displaying local images in a UIWebView. In this post I presented a little hack to embed small images into the HTML. While this may work in some cases, it’s far from an optimal solution. For example it does not address other types of external files you might want to refer to from your HTML.

Using relative paths or file: paths to refer to images does not work with UIWebView. Instead you have to load the HTML into the view with the correct baseURL: 

NSString *path = [[NSBundle mainBundle] bundlePath];
NSURL *baseURL = [NSURL fileURLWithPath:path];
[webView loadHTMLString:htmlString baseURL:baseURL];

You can then refer to your images like this:

<img src="myimage.png">

Or from within CSS like this:

background-image: url(loading.gif)

It’s important to note that images inside your application bundle are at the root of the bundle, even if you place them in an Images directory in your project.


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