Youtube UIWebView with Storyboards

While working on the iMustangs project, we decided that it would be a good idea to include the school fight song. I’m sure we could have found a way to play a .mp3 file, but we decided that it would be best to create a video so that we could display our university logo. What follows is the result of our work in using UIWebView on iOS.

First Attempt

Our first attempt was very light on code and pretty simple. I’d like to show this to you by running through a test project. In Xcode, go ahead and start a new single-view application.

Navigate to the Storyboard in your project. Once you are here, add a web view on top of the current view. Go ahead and stretch the web view to fill the view below. Now, let’s go ahead and connect the web view.

I like to use the assistant editor when I connect UIWebViews and other objects to outlets and actions. Click the assistant editor button near the top right of Xcode (I am currently using 4.3.1). The assistant editor will show the storyboard beside your class, so that you can easily connect an object to a specific line of code in your .h file.

Once you’re in assistant editor mode, click the UIWebView and drag it to just below @interface. Let go.

At this point another dialog should’ve popped that is asking you to name your UIWebView. Go ahead and name it webView (be sure to use correct case).


Now, navigate to your ViewController.m file and paste the following code within the viewDidLoad function. You may replace the url with one of your own.

[webView loadRequest:[NSURLRequest requestWithURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@"<a href=""></a>"]]];

At this point, you should be able to run this project in a simulator and see an MSU youtube video, or whatever URL you substituted. This worked fine for us, until we put it on an actual iPhone…

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