News: Always-Updated List of iOS App URL Scheme Names

Always-Updated List of iOS App URL Scheme Names

If you've ever customized your app icons or played around with Shortcuts (previously called Workflow), you probably know how important URL scheme names are. Nearly all iOS apps assign themselves one of these names, and you need to know them if you want to add custom icons to your home screen or create a Shortcuts workflow that opens an app on your iPhone up.

Finding the URL scheme name, also known as a URI scheme, for a particular app is not easy. First, you have to download the IPA file for the app — a difficult task since the iTunes 12.7 update removed iOS apps from it. When you finally find the IPA, you have to turn it into a ZIP file, show the contents of the app package, then hunt for the specific PLIST file that contains the URL schemes. It's a lot of work.

This example shows the URL schemes for VSCO in one of its PLIST files.

Right now, the easiest way to download IPA files is to use Apple Configurator 2. After signing in and connecting your iPhone, you can view and update apps that need it. Any apps you update this way will be stored temporarily in an Apple Config folder in the "Group Containers" folder in your user library. But it's still a lot of work and requires that the app you need has an update you can apply.

If all you want to do is create a custom app icon or open the Netflix app from a workflow you're toying with, we'll try to make things as easy as possible for you by listing below all of the URL scheme names for apps that we know of right now. Also, when we come across them, we'll not only include the "open" schemes, but some deep links URL schemes to jump to specific tasks inside an app.

While the list below may seem small considering there are over 2 million apps in the App Store, it's a work in progress, and we'll keep adding to it as we discover more URL schemes for popular apps and games on iPhone.

URL Schemes for Popular iOS Apps & Services

Any ones below without anything after the :// are just schemes to open the apps up, while ones with information after the :// are for performing "deep link" specific actions within the apps. Also, while all of the below include the :// in them, most can be used with just : instead of with the // symbols.

Keep in mind that developers may change the URL schemes for their apps at any time. Apple did for certain iOS services, such as links to specific settings that worked prior to iOS 11. Some URL schemes you can probably even guess since a lot just use their app's name as the scheme name. Trial and error!

Also, anything below that starts with fb*:// are Facebook deep links which should work whether or not you have Facebook installed on your device. Since they don't always work as expected, we've only included them in the list below if they had no other URL scheme name. Otherwise, fb*:// schemes are omitted.

Apple-Branded Apps & Services

Open = music://
Open = musics://
Open = audio-player-event://

Open radio = itsradio://
Open radio = itsradios://
Open radio = itunesradio://
Open radio = itunesradios://  (just opens Music)
Open = applenews://
Open = applenewss://
  • App Store:
Open = itms-apps://
Open app = itms-apps://
Search = itms-apps://
Top charts = itms-apps://
Open = videos://
Open = calshow://
Open = x-apple-calevent://
Add calendar = webcal://SuscribeLinkForTheCalendar
Open = clips://
Open = contacts://
  • Diagnostics:
Open = diagnostics://
Open = diags://
Start audio call = facetime-audio://TheirPhoneNumberOrEmailAddress
Start audio call = facetime-audio-prompt://TheirPhoneNumberOrEmailAddress
Start video call = facetime://TheirPhoneNumberOrEmailAddress
Start video call = facetime-prompt://TheirPhoneNumberOrEmailAddress
  • Feedback:
Open = applefeedback://
Open = findmyfriends://
Open = fmf1://
Open = grenada://
Open = fmip1://
  • Game Center:
Open = gamecenter://  (pre-iOS 11)
Open = itms-gc://  (pre-iOS 11)
Open = itms-gcs://  (pre-iOS 11)
Open = garageband://
Open = ibooks://
Open = itms-books://
Open = itms-bookss://
Open = appleiclouddrive://  (pre-iOS 11)
Open = imovie://
Open = remote://
Open = itms://
Open = itmss://
Open = itms-itunesu://
Open = map://
Open = maps://
Open = mapitem://
Open = message://
Start draft with recipient = mailto://TheirEmailAddress
Start draft with recipient, cc = mailto:TheirEmailAddress?cc=TheirEmailAddress
Start draft with recipient, bcc = mailto:TheirEmailAddress?bcc=TheirEmailAddress
Start draft with recipient, subject = mailto:TheirEmailAddress&subject=Your%20Subject%20Text
Start draft with recipient, body = mailto:TheirEmailAddress&body=Your%20Body%20Text
Start draft with recipient, CC, BCC, subject, body = mailto:TheirEmailAddress?cc=TheirEmailAddress?bcc=TheirEmailAddress&subject=Your%20Subject%20Text&body=Your%20Body%20Text

[You can make other combinations above using the above identifiers]
  • Messages:
Open text for contact = sms://TheirPhoneNumber
Open = mobilenotes://
  • Phone:
Call contact = tel://TheirPhoneNumber
Call contact = telprompt://TheirPhoneNumber
  • Photos:
Open = photos-redirect://
Add feed by URL = feed://
Add feed by URL = podcast://
Add specific feed by URL = feed://TheUrlOfTheFeed
Add specific feed by URL = podcast://TheUrlOfTheFeed

Browse = pcast://
Browse = itms-pcast://
Browse = itms-pcasts://
Browse = podcasts://
Browse = itms-podcast://
Browse = itms-podcasts://  (displays a "can't connect" error)
Open = x-apple-reminder://
  • Safari:
Search = x-web-search://
Open FTP file = ftp://LocationToFileOnFtpServer
Open HTTP site = http://WebsiteURL
Open HTTPS site = https://WebsiteURL
  • Settings:
Open = App-prefs://
Open = shortcuts://
Run shortcut = shortcuts://run-shortcut?name=Your%20Shortcuts%20Name
Run shortcut with text string input = shortcuts://run-shortcut?name=Your%20Shortcuts%20Name&input=text&text=What%20You%20Want%20To%20Input
Run shortcut with input from clipboard = shortcuts://run-shortcut?name=Your%20Shortcuts%20Name&input=clipboard
Open = voicememos://  (could work in the Notification Center)
  • Wallet:
Open = shoebox://
Open = itms-watch://
Open = itms-watchs://
Open = workflow://
Create workflow = workflow://create-workflow
Open a workflow = workflow://open-workflow?name=TheNameOfWorkflow
Run a workflow = workflow://run-workflow?name=TheNameOfWorkflow&input=Input
Open the gallery = workflow://gallery
Search the gallery = workflow://gallery/search?query=YourQuery

Third-Party Apps & Services

Just like the list above, the below apps will mostly show the basic open links for third-party apps, and some of the URIs may also come attached with more detailed deep links.

Open = achievement://
Open = airmail://
Start draft = airmail://compose
Start draft with recipient = airmail://compose?to=TheirEmailAddress
Start draft with recipient, cc = airmail://compose?to=TheirEmailAddress&cc=TheirEmailAddress
Start draft with recipient, bcc = airmail://compose?to=TheirEmailAddress&bcc=TheirEmailAddress
Start draft with recipient, subject = airmail://compose?to=TheirEmailAddress&subject=YourSubjectText
Start draft with recipient, body = airmail://compose?to=TheirEmailAddress&plainBody=YourBodyText
Start draft with recipient, HTML body = airmail://compose?to=TheirEmailAddress&htmlBody=YourBodyHTML
Start draft with recipient, CC, BCC, subject, body = airmail://compose?to=TheirEmailAddress&cc=TheirEmailAddress&bcc=TheirEmailAddress&subject=YourSubjectText&plainBody=YourBodyText

[You can make other combinations above using the above identifiers]
Open = amc://
Open = fb1414385748867269suffix://
Open = fb1761190244145574amplifi://
Open = ancestry://
Open = anchorfm://
Open = anchorfmspotify://
Open = asana://
Open = bofa://
Open = com.popcap.ios.BejBlitz://
Open = com.popcap.ios.BejBlitz.From.Bej3://
Open = com.popcap.ios.BejBlitz.From.Bej2://
Open = ea850758://
Open = ea47862://
Open = brushstroke://
Open = cakeslice://
Open = havecake://
Open = cameraplus://
Open = squarecash://
Open = cashme://
Open = clashofclans://
Open = wxfa242abf8cdd841a://
Open = tencent1105771533://
Open = tencentlaunch1105771533://
Open = doordash://
Open = fb225826214141508paid://
Open = dbapi-1://
Open = ddgLaunch://
Open = ddgQuickLink://
Open = duolingo://
Open = com.duolingo.DuolingoMobile
Open = fb://
Open = facetune://
Open = fandango://
Open = fitbit://
Open = flickr://
Open = gboard://
Open = googlegmail://
Open = goodreads://
Open = google://
Open = googleassistant://
Open = googlecalendar://
Open = googledocs://
Open = googledocs-v2://
Open =
Open = googlechrome://
Open = googledrive://
Open = googleearth://
Open = comgoogleearth://
Open = comgooglekeep://
Open = googlemaps://
Open = googlephotos://
Open = googlesheets://
Open = googletranslate://
Open = googlevoice://
Open = halide://
Open = hbogo://
Open = hbonow://
Open = hulu://
Open = hyperlapse://
Open = imdb://
Open = instagram://
Open = lastpass://
Open = launch://
Open = litely://
Open = fb-messenger://
Open = moviepass://
Open = nflx://
Open = paypal://
Open = photoscan://
Open = pinterest://
Open = sgnl://
Open = skype://
Open = snapchat://
Open = readdle-spark://
Start draft = readdle-spark://compose
Start draft with recipient = readdle-spark://compose?recipient=TheirEmailAddress
Start draft with recipient, subject = readdle-spark://compose?recipient=TheirEmailAddress&subject=YourSubjectText
Start draft with recipient, subject, body = readdle-spark://compose?recipient=TheirEmailAddress&subject=YourSubjectText&body=YourBodyText

[You can make other combinations above using the above identifiers]
Open = speedtest://
Open = spotify://
Open = steller://
Open = tumblr://
Open = twitch://
Open = twitter://
Open = tweetbot://
Open = vimeo://
Open = vsco://
Open = waze://
Open = whatsapp://
Open = youtube://

If you know the URL scheme name or action to an app not featured here, let us know. We encourage the support of our community to help us build this list up!

Also, it's worth noting that Apple has been trying to wean developers off URL schemes since iOS 9.2 in favor of universal links, but URL schemes are nowhere near dead. And with Apple turning Workflow into its own Shortcuts app starting in iOS 12, an app that even has its own scheme, there's no reason to believe URL schemes are going away anytime soon.

Cover image and screenshots by Jake Peterson/Gadget Hacks

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