Linking to a LC desktop app with a URL

Trevor DeVore lists at
Wed May 20 20:01:24 EDT 2020

On Wed, May 20, 2020 at 5:12 PM Peter Bogdanoff via use-livecode <
use-livecode at> wrote:

> Has anyone worked on the idea of accessing a LiveCode application from a
> web browser, such as happens with Zoom? With a URL link to a
> page, the webpage shows a dialog:
> “Do you want to allow this page to open ‘’?”
> which then opens the local app
> My use for this would be for enabling a user using an online LMS (learning
> management system) to directly access a location in my application on their
> local machine.
> I see a few methods described online, but was wondering if anyone has
> experience with this.

ScreenSteps uses this technique for sending actions from our web app to our
desktop. Extensive testing has been done on macOS and Windows. The Levure
framework has the file_system helper which does most of the work for you
on Windows, macOS, and iOS so you can look at that code for guidance. You
can find the source code at the link below. I will link to specific code
examples below as well.

There are three parts that make up a working solution - registration,
processing requests, and triggering requests. Here is a description of
each. Hopefully I'm not missing anything. I coded this a long time in
Levure and haven't had to think about it much since.

1. Tell the operating system your app can handle a url protocol.

## Windows

You will need to modify the registry. Here is a link to the command that
updates the registry in the file_system helper:

The command uses levureStandaloneFilename(), a framework function that
returns the full path to the standalone application. Just replace that with
a similar function so that you can add the full path to your app to the

This command can be called each time your application launches if you want
to make sure that the version the user just launched is the one the OS will
send a url request to.

## macOS and iOS

Add the URL protocol you want to add to your Info.plist file. It will look
something like this (taken from the ScreenSteps Info.plist file) :

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">
      <string>ScreenSteps URL</string>

2. Process URL requests sent by the OS to your app

## Windows
Process `relaunch` command, extract command line arguments looking for url.

`relaunch` is handled within main Levure script:

The file_system helper processes the parameters though:

## macOS
Process the appleEvent with pClass "GURL" AND pID "GURL".

## iOS
Process `urlWakeUp`.

3. Triggering requests

Triggering requests is as simple as using your custom protocol in an <a>
tag in your web page.

<a href="screensteps://some/information/for/desktop/to?parse=1">Click me</a>

Hopefully this helps you implement the behavior in your own app.

Trevor DeVore
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