How to open an Internet Shortcut File (.URL) in Safari on iPad

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  1. ldeschenes

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    I do save a lot of Internet Shortcut Files (URL file) on my Windows PC for future reference.
    These are organized in Folders by subject together with other files (DOC, XLS, PDF, etc.)
    All my data is store in the Cloud, used to be Dropbox, now OneDrive.

    On the iPad, both Dropbox and OneDrive do reconized those as URL files and display file information but DO NOT OPEN SAFARI.

    Is there a way to open these files in Safari? Is there an App that does that?

    BTW both Dropbox and Onedrive support "Open in Another App" but Safari does not show in the list.
    Is there an App that would do just that an show in Open in Another App?

    Thanks. Louis
     
  2. ardchoille

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    I'm a web developer and have been trying to do this for a year.. it's not currently possible with Safari.

    I wonder if a 3rd-party web browser woujld be able to work with those "open as" prompts.
     
  3. ldeschenes

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    @ardchoille

    In fact, any iOS App is able to easily open an URL in Safari.
    DrodBox or OneDrive could certainly do it. But it seems they have not realize that they could implement it (or it is not on their priority list).

    It would require a 3rd party App that: 1) expose itself as been able to "Open in an other app" URL file 2) decrypt the URL file 3) launch Safari
    Does such an App exist?
     
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    As stated in the OP, Dropbox and OneDrive will open the file as a text file (displaying the html code) but will not open an html document as a web page.
     
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    I'm a bit confused.

    Are you guys talking about HTML files, or URLs. Two completely different things. One is an actual file, the other is just an address to a place on the internet.

    At any rate, I only know of two apps that will open and browse a local HTML file and/or set of HTML files in folders; though if one exists there are probably others. HTML Presenter is not my favorite app. I got it for some HTML book files I have, and it did them poorly. It doesn't play well with frames, or at least the older code that the books are made with. However it might work for you.

    HTML files/sites must be zipped and placed in DropBox before you can load them into the app.

    I'd search the store for alternatives with better track records for what you want, but if your are desperate give it a try. Just don't come after me if it doesn't work. :)


    To be fair, HTML Presenter meant for the creation and presentation of offline web presentations. Presumably you would create and test these files yourself, not load in random files from the internet and see if they work. My evaluation is biased by my trying to do something the app developer never promised the app would do.


    The second option is the iCab Mobile browser. If you have an HTML file downloaded in iCab Mobile browser, you can select and choose to display the file. I just tested this by going to my DropBox account in the browser, downloading an html file, and then displaying it.

    Unlike HTML Presenter you can (probably) only do this with single uncompressed HTML files. Viewing and entire site this way would be difficult, at best.
     
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    @ardchoille
    @twerppoet

    Thanks for your answers.

    I am talking about URL file (*.url created with Internet Explorer) which is an address to a place on Internet.

    Dropbox would display the text (and you could click on the "URL=http...." text to go to Safari) :
    Onedrive display only a file description of it own, no text.
    Neither Dropbox or Onedrive would give you an option to "Open in Safari".

    I have switch to OneDrive (from Dropbox) to take advantage of Word and Excel functionnality on iPad.
    Best solution would be that OneDrive developper include the feature of "Open in Safari".

    In the interim my question is really if there is a 3rd party App that would open URL file, decrypt the address and launch Safari.
     
  7. Mickey330

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    Take a look at this free app called "Webloc Tool" (link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/webloc-tool/id568835112?mt=8).

    It's not perfect, but it'll allow you to use the "Open In" function in Dropbox to open the .url file in the Webloc Tool app. When the .url file opens, it opens by launching a browser within the app (with your web page loaded). From there, you can save the .url file in the app for later use/reference or you can launch the actual Safari app from within the Webloc Tool app.

    So, if you just need to view the .url, it'll be good to use as it launches a browser for viewing.

    It's the only thing I can find that might come close to what you want. Hope this helps.

    Marilyn
     
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    @Mickey330

    Thanks a lot, Marilyn. Webloc Tool does the job!

    It does excatly as you said:
    1) appear in the "Open in Another App" in OneDrive (and DropBox)
    2) open the web page inits own browser
    3) has an action to "Open in Safari" if you want to do it
     
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    You're welcome. Glad it works for you.

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