Xamarin Forms Android WebView works. MAUI Android WebView doesn't work

Tony Pitman 40 Reputation points

I am upgrading an app from Xamarin Forms to MAUI. In my app I have a modified version of the HybridWebView to show a custom website with JS / C# interop. It works fine on Xamarin Forms.

While porting this I found some references to using a Handler instead of a Renderer like was being used in Xamarin Forms. I made those changes.

When I run my app in MAUI it shows some of the html content and pages as it should. It can also render google.com just fine.

When I try to render my custom website, all I get is a white page and I can't figure out why.

If I open that same page on the same Android phone using the Chrome web browse by manually browsing to it, that also renders fine.

While debugging I noticed that the Xamarin forms version of my WebView has the following members populated this way:

User's image

When I debug the MAUI version of the app here are those same members:

User's image

I don't know if that makes any difference, but am asking because the Android Chrome browser renders my page like it should.

Does anyone know whether there would be a difference in the ability to render based on whether the Android WebView has a WebChromeClient or not and why the Xamarin Forms version has one, but the MAUI version does not?

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  1. Leon Lu (Shanghai Wicresoft Co,.Ltd.) 68,176 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    Based on your above description, you can create a webviewHandler to enable the DomStorageEnabled to access the local html file like following code.

      Microsoft.Maui.Handlers.WebViewHandler.Mapper.AppendToMapping("MyCustomization", (handler, view) =>
    #if ANDROID
                    handler.PlatformView.Settings.JavaScriptEnabled = true;
                    handler.PlatformView.Settings.DomStorageEnabled = true;

    Best Regards,

    Leon Lu

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