Catch Javascript Event in iOS WKWebview with Swift

I am building an app with web programming languages and want to start the camera when the user clicks on an HTML button. Since I want my camera view to be a custom one, I need to design it with Swift. So when the user clicks on this HTML button, I want to "catch" this click in Swift so I can start my native camera view.

I know it can be done with the WKWebview, but I don't really know how to do that.

For example, my Javascript (jQuery) code could look like that :

// User clicks to start the native camera with Swift
$(".camera_button").click(function() {
    // Function to call the camera view from JS to Swift

Can you help me to do that?




Based on the answer from @Alex Pelletier, which really helped me, here is the solution the my question.

In my "loadView()" function, here is what I have :

let contentController = WKUserContentController();
    name: "callbackHandler"

let config = WKWebViewConfiguration()
config.userContentController = contentController

webView = WKWebView(frame: CGRectZero, configuration: config)
webView.navigationDelegate = self
view = webView

My function to handle the Javascript event which is sent to Swift :

func userContentController(userContentController: WKUserContentController, didReceiveScriptMessage message: WKScriptMessage)
        if( == "callbackHandler") {
            print("Launch my Native Camera")

... And finally, my Javascript (jQuery) code when a click happens on my camera button (in HTML) :

$(document).ready(function() {

    function callNativeApp () {
        try {
        } catch(err) {
            console.log('The native context does not exist yet');

    $(".menu-camera-icon").click(function() {

I hope it will help someone else :-) !


First lets create a js file. In the js, when an element has been you clicked you can send a message back like so:

varmessageToPost = {'ButtonId':'clickMeButton'};

After you have created the js file and the wkwebview you need to inject the script:

  // Setup WKUserContentController instance for injecting user script
  var userController:WKUserContentController= WKUserContentController()

  // Get script that's to be injected into the document
  let js:String= GetScriptFromResources()

  // Specify when and where and what user script needs to be injected into the web document
  var userScript:WKUserScript =  WKUserScript(source: js,
                                         injectionTime: WKUserScriptInjectionTime.AtDocumentEnd
                                         forMainFrameOnly: false)

  // Add the user script to the WKUserContentController instance

  // Configure the WKWebViewConfiguration instance with the WKUserContentController
  webCfg.userContentController= userController;

  //set the message handler
  userController.addScriptMessageHandler(self, name: "buttonClicked")  

Finally you have to add listener function:

func userContentController(userContentController: WKUserContentController,
                           didReceiveScriptMessage message: WKScriptMessage) {

        if let messageBody:NSDictionary= message.body as? NSDictionary{
            // Do stuff with messageBody


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