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How to open web links in Safari

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

Updated for Xcode 14.2

SwiftUI gives us a dedicated Link view that looks like a button but opens a URL in Safari when pressed. It’s easy enough to use – just give it a title for the button, plus a destination URL to show, like this:

Link("Learn SwiftUI", destination: URL(string: "")!)

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As it’s just a text link, you can customize it with a font, color, and more:

Link("Visit Apple", destination: URL(string: "")!)

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The words “Visit Apple” in red.

And if you’d rather create your own view rather than just use text, you can do that too:

Link(destination: URL(string: "")!) {
    Image(systemName: "")

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A link icon on a blue circle.

Alternatively, you can open a URL from code by using the openURL environment key, like this:

struct ContentView: View {
    @Environment(\.openURL) var openURL

    var body: some View {
        Button("Visit Apple") {
            openURL(URL(string: "")!)

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A “Visit Apple” link in blue.

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