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This tutorial is obsolete as of Safari 1.0.

A new, easier tutorial is to find at HowToDoYourOwnBrowserWithWebKit

Whaa? Nothing there. We have SomeWebKitQuestions though…

If you dig through Safari and get browser.nib, you can use the Safari’s brower window with some work.

And also has anyone else found that you MUST put http:// before the url for it to load?

– JacobHazelgrove

Well, it’s no suprise that you have to put http:// before the url; it’s a Framework for url-loading, not a fool-safe browser.. EnglaBenny

You can do something like: if (![urlField hasPrefix:@”http://”]) [urlField setStringValue:[NSString stringWithFormat:@”http://%@”, [urlField stringValue]]]; This is how I’m adding shortcut searches to my web browser. – San

To take San’s code a little further, here’s how to autocomplete URLs more or less how Safari does it.

changes “” into “” changes “apple” into “” changes “apple/support” into “” changes “oldjewelsoftware/ppicker” into “” changes “oldjewelsoftware/ppicker/releases.html” into “” leaves urls with other protocols (mailto, ftp, etc.) alone

NSString* urlString = stringToUse;

NSURL* theURL = [NSURL URLWithString:urlString];

if (!theURL scheme] length]) 
	[[NSArray* stringParts = [urlString componentsSeparatedByString:@"/"];
	NSString* host = [stringParts objectAtIndex:0];

	if ([host rangeOfString:@"."].location == NSNotFound)
		host = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"", host];
		urlString = [host stringByAppendingString:@"/"];
		urlString = [urlString stringByAppendingString:
		stringParts subarrayWithRange:[[NSMakeRange(1, [stringParts count] - 1)] 
	urlString = [@"http://" stringByAppendingString:urlString];
	theURL = [NSURL URLWithString:urlString];
myWebView mainFrame] loadRequest:[[[NSURLRequest requestWithURL:theURL]];

– a sharp old jewel

How to use WebKit to display a web page without network nor disk access (ie. no http: or file: URL protocols)?

– Stephane Boisson

– Hasan Diwan