[ios] SFAuthenticationSession

In iOS, SFAuthenticationSession class provides a way to authenticate a user through a web service. This class allows developers to present web content in an external browser, such as Safari, and then return to the app after the authentication process is completed.


To use SFAuthenticationSession, you first need to create an instance of the class and then start the authentication process. Here’s an example usage:

import SafariServices

let authenticationURL = URL(string: "https://example.com/auth")!
let callbackURLScheme = "myapp"

let authSession = SFAuthenticationSession(url: authenticationURL, callbackURLScheme: callbackURLScheme) { callbackURL, error in
    // Handle the callback URL and error here


In this example, we import SafariServices, create an authentication URL, specify the callback URL scheme, and then create an instance of SFAuthenticationSession with the authentication URL and callback URL scheme. We also provide a completion handler to handle the callback URL and any error after the authentication process is completed, and then start the authentication session.

Handling the Callback

After the authentication is completed or if there is an error, the completion handler that was provided when creating the SFAuthenticationSession instance will be called. You can then handle the callback URL and error in this completion handler.

Security Considerations

When using SFAuthenticationSession, it’s important to consider the security implications, such as verifying the callback URL and handling any errors securely to protect user data and prevent unauthorized access.


SFAuthenticationSession in iOS provides a convenient way to handle authentication with web services, presenting the authentication process in an external browser and returning to the app afterward. It simplifies the integration of web-based authentication into iOS apps and enhances the overall user experience.

For more information, refer to the official SFAuthenticationSession documentation.