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 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 workflow that opens an app on your iPhone up.

Finding the URL scheme name for a particular app is not easy. First, you have to download the IPA file for the app, which is not easy since the iTunes 12.7 update removed iOS apps from it. When you finally find the IPA for the app, 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 that you can use as deep links right now. 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 scheme names for popular apps and games.

URL Schemes for Popular iOS Apps & Services

In the below list, ones that are bold have been verified working by us, ones that we specifically tested on iOS 11. Also, any ones without anything after the :// are just deep links to open the apps up, while ones with information after the :// are for performing specifics 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 scheme names 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 scheme names 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*:// deep links are omitted.

Apple-Branded Apps & Services

  • Apple Music — music:// or musics:// or audio-player-event://
  • Apple Music (Radio) — itsradio:// or itsradios:// or itunesradio:// or itunesradios:// (just opens Music)
  • Apple News — applenews:// or applenewss://
  • App Store — itms-apps://itunes.apple.com (add /app/id for specific apps)
  • App Store (Search) — itms-apps://search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?media=software&term=
  • App Store (Top Charts) — itms-apps://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewTop?genreId=36&popId=30
  • Apple TV — videos://
  • Calendar — calshow:// or x-apple-calevent://
  • Calendar (Add Calendar) — webcal://suscribelinkforcalendar
  • Clips — clips://
  • Contacts — contacts://
  • Diagnostics — diagnostics:// or diags://
  • FaceTime (Audio) — facetime-audio://phoneoremail or facetime-audio-prompt://phoneoremail
  • FaceTime (Video) — facetime://phoneoremail or facetime-prompt://phoneoremail
  • Feedback — applefeedback://
  • Find My Friends — findmyfriends:// or fmf1:// or grenada://
  • Find My iPhone — fmip1://
  • Game Center — gamecenter:// or itms-gc:// or itms-gcs:// (pre-iOS 11)
  • GarageBand — garageband://
  • iBooks — ibooks:// or itms-books:// or itms-bookss://
  • iCloud Drive — appleiclouddrive:// (pre-iOS 11)
  • iMovie — imovie://
  • iTunes Remote — remote://
  • iTunes Store — itms:// or itmss://
  • iTunes U — itms-itunesu://
  • Maps — map:// or maps:// or mapitem://
  • Mail — message:// or mailto://emailaddress
  • Messages — sms://phonenumber
  • Notes — mobilenotes://
  • Phone — tel://phonenumber or telprompt://phonenumber
  • Photos — photos-redirect://
  • Podcasts (Add Feed By URL) — feed:// or podcast:// (you can also add a feed URL after to auto-populate it)
  • Podcasts (Browse) — pcast:// or itms-pcast:// or itms-pcasts:// or podcasts:// or itms-podcast:// or itms-podcasts:// (displays a "can't connect" error)
  • Reminders — x-apple-reminder://
  • Safari — x-web-search://
  • Safari (FTP) — ftp://locationtofileonftpserver
  • Safari (HTTP) — http://websiteurl
  • Safari (HTTPS) — https://websiteurl
  • Settings — App-prefs://
  • Voice Memos — voicememos:// (could work in the Notification Center)
  • Wallet — shoebox://
  • Watch — itms-watch:// or itms-watchs://
  • Workflow — workflow://
  • Workflow (Create Workflow) — workflow://create-workflow
  • Workflow (Open Workflow) — workflow://open-workflow?name=name
  • Workflow (Run Workflow) — workflow://run-workflow?name=name&input=input
  • Workflow (Open Gallery) — workflow://gallery
  • Workflow (Search Gallery) — workflow://gallery/search?query=query

Third-Party Apps & Services

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!

Cover image and screenshots by Jake Peterson/Gadget Hacks

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