iOS WebView Support

Applies to TestComplete 15.64, last modified on June 12, 2024
The information below concerns legacy mobile tests that work with mobile devices connected to the local computer. In new cloud-compatible mobile tests, the test engine recognizes controls by their accessibility info.

About Support

TestComplete can recognize iOS WebView controls in iOS applications. It provides special properties and methods that let you retrieve the controls data and simulate user actions on the controls (see below).

The iOS WebView control is a wrapper object for the embedded UIKit or WebKit rendering engine. Many mobile web browsers and hybrid applications (native iOS applications that contain an embedded web browser) use WebView controls to display online or offline web pages.

Web pages that are opened in an embedded browser are represented as child Page objects of the respective Web View object.


In order for TestComplete to be able to work with iOS WebView controls, the following requirements must be met:

  • You must have an active license for the TestComplete Mobile module.

  • Your tested iOS application, the devices and the computer where TestComplete runs must be configured in a special way as it is described in the topics of the Preparing Applications, Devices, and Test Computers for iOS Testing (Legacy) section.

  • The control’s class name must be specified in the iOS Controls | Web view group of your project’s Object Mapping options. By default, this group contains the following items:

    • UIWebView
    • WKWebView

    To command TestComplete to recognize instances of the specified classes’ descendants as iOS WebView controls, select the Derived Classes check box next to the control’s class name.

    You can also command the test engine to recognize custom controls as iOS WebView controls. See below for information about this.

  • Support for the iOS WebView controls is implemented by the iOS Support plugin. This plugin is installed and enabled automatically as part of the TestComplete Mobile module.

    If you experience issues when working with the controls, select File > Install Extensions from the TestComplete main menu and check whether the plugin is active. (You can find the plugin in the Mobile group.) If the plugin is not available, run the TestComplete installation in the Repair mode.

Recognizing Custom Controls

To command TestComplete to recognize your custom controls as iOS WebView controls:

  1. Open your project’s Object Mapping options.

  2. Add the control’s class name to the iOS Controls | Web view group.

    If you do not know the control’s name, you can ask the control’s developers, or you can view the control’s ObjectClassName property in the Object Browser panel. As an alternative, you can click Add From Screen and select your custom control on screen. TestComplete will retrieve the control’s class name and add it to the selected mapping group automatically. For detailed information, see Object Mapping.

Once the control is mapped, it gets all the properties, methods and actions specific to the iOS WebView control.

If the specified custom control does not fit the control’s type, then it may not properly respond to commands that TestComplete sends, so recording or playing back user actions over the tested control will cause errors.


When testing iOS WebView controls, you can use properties and methods specific to these controls, as well as properties and methods that TestComplete applies to tested objects, onscreen objects and window objects. For the full list of available properties and methods, see the following topics:

See Also

List of iOS Controls
Testing iOS Applications (Legacy)
Working With iOS Toolbar and Navigation Bar Controls

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