UIScene was introduced in iOS 13, and it replaced many functionalities of AppDelegate.

If you use UIScene, then the old way of using application(_:open:options:) in AppDelegate will NOT work anymore.

1. Basic setup

To handle deeplink, the Info.plist must have the CFBundleURLTypes key added. In the example, we will have our app support a myschema:// deeplink.


2. Handle when app is running

In SceneDelegate, add the following method:

func scene(_ scene: UIScene, openURLContexts URLContexts: Set<UIOpenURLContext>) {
    for context in URLContexts {
        // Your method to handle the deeplink url

Note: There can be multiple URLs. The delegate method provides a set of UIOpenURLContext. We are only interested in only the url. There is also an options in the context.

3. Handle cold start

When the app is not yet running, you need to handle in scene(_:willConnectTo:options:) instead.

func scene(_ scene: UIScene, willConnectTo session: UISceneSession, options connectionOptions: UIScene.ConnectionOptions) {
    // The typical window set up
    if let windowScene = scene as? UIWindowScene {
        let window = UIWindow(windowScene: windowScene)
        window.rootViewController = MainViewController()
        self.window = window

    for context in connectionOptions.urlContexts {

The code is similar, and again we use the same handleDeepLink().




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