iOS 9 ... Are WebView(s) exempt from the App Transport Security Exceptions (ATS) rules that block insecure HTTP hosts? iOS 9 ... Are WebView(s) exempt from the App Transport Security Exceptions (ATS) rules that block insecure HTTP hosts? ios ios

iOS 9 ... Are WebView(s) exempt from the App Transport Security Exceptions (ATS) rules that block insecure HTTP hosts?


SFSafariViewController can show HTTP without the NSAppTransportSecurity key.

UIWebView and WKWebView require the NSAppTransportSecurity key mentioned above to display HTTP pages.


I have inserted the following in my apps .plist per the Apple Guidance:

<key>NSAppTransportSecurity</key><dict>     <!--Include to allow all connections - with and without SSL (DANGEROUS)-->     <key>NSAllowsArbitraryLoads</key>     <true/></dict>

and when I try to load my webView (from an HTTPS server no less), I get the following error and it doesn't load.

NSURLSession/NSURLConnection HTTP load failed (kCFStreamErrorDomainSSL, -9813)

So I it looks like not only are they not exempt, they don't work even if you make the correct addition to the .plist.


This question was originally about iOS 9; however, according to Apple's documentation:

Starting in iOS 10.0 and later, the following subkeys are supported:

  • NSAllowsArbitraryLoadsInWebContent
  • ...

Use NSAllowsArbitraryLoadsInWebContent so that you do not need to white list each page a WebView may load.

Keep NSAllowsArbitraryLoads to maintain backward compatibility with iOS 9 and enable the new setting in your Xcode 8 project Info.plist here:Enable ATS in project


matomo