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Freedom 🦅

The Freedom to Open URLs in Third-Party Browsers on iOS with Custom UIActivity Subclasses.

Swift Support

CocoaPods Carthage Compatible SwiftPM Compatible


Freedom enables your app to open URLs in third-party browsers that your users have installed on their device.

Currently Supported


Installation Instructions

| Swift Version | Branch Name | Will Continue to Receive Updates? | ------------- | ------------- | ------------- | 4.2 | master | Yes | 3.2 | swift4.1 | No | 3.2 | swift3.2 | No | 3.1 | swift3.1 | No


pod 'Freedom' # Swift 4.2
pod 'Freedom', :git => 'https://github.com/ArtSabintsev/Freedom.git', :branch => 'swift4.1' # Swift 4.1
pod 'Freedom', :git => 'https://github.com/ArtSabintsev/Freedom.git', :branch => 'swift3.2' # Swift 3.2
pod 'Freedom', :git => 'https://github.com/ArtSabintsev/Freedom.git', :branch => 'swift3.1' # Swift 3.1


github "ArtSabintsev/Freedom" // Swift 4.2
github "ArtSabintsev/Freedom", "swift4.1" // Swift 4.1
github "ArtSabintsev/Freedom", "swift3.2" // Swift 3.2
github "ArtSabintsev/Freedom", "swift3.1" // Swift 3.1

Swift Package Manager

.Package(url: "https://github.com/ArtSabintsev/Freedom.git", majorVersion: 1)


Open your Info.plist file, and add the following URL schemes to the LSApplicationQueriesSchemes key:


Add the following code to some actionable/tappable element in your project. In this example, I am using an IBAction from a UIButton.

@IBAction func openURL(_ sender: UIButton) {

       // A Sample URL that just happens to be my personal website.
       let url = URL(string: "http://www.sabintsev.com")!

       // Enable Debug Logs (disabled by default)
       Freedom.debugEnabled = true

       // Fetch activities for Safari and all third-party browsers supported by Freedom (see screenshot).
       let activities = Freedom.browsers()

       // Alternatively, one could select a specific browser (or browsers).
       // let activities = Freedom.browsers([.chrome])
       let vc = UIActivityViewController(activityItems: [url], applicationActivities: activities)

       present(vc, animated: true, completion: nil)


Even if you enable Freedom to support all browsers via Freedom.browsers(), only the browsers installed on your users device will be visible to the them in the share sheet (i.e., UIActivityViewController). Therefore, it is beneficial to all of your users to initialize Freedom with all supported browsers.

Created and maintained by

Arthur Ariel Sabintsev


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2.2.0 - Sep 17, 2018

As of Freedom v2.2.0, all future changes on master will be done in Xcode 10 using Swift 4.2.

For those using Swift v4.1.0, please check out the swift4.1 branch or version 2.1.3 - both point to the same commit hash.

2.1.3 - Apr 5, 2018

  • Updates sample project
  • Updated podspec file
  • Now compatible with Swift 4.1

2.1.2 - Sep 29, 2017

Fixed an issue where Safari was not being launched on iOS 10/iOS 11.

2.1.1 - Sep 23, 2017

Fixed extremely rare crash when user tapped on a browser activity to open a URL.

2.1.0 - Sep 14, 2017

Added Support for Firefox Focus now that Firefox Focus #32 has been resolved.

Note: This feature is only available on the master branch (e.g., the Swift 4 branch).