How to make a native app if I have all the files used to run it over wifi?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by yacoub, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. yacoub macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2007
    So I have all of the files that are used to make a certain app work online: I have the HTML, the PNGs (images), and the JS (javascript).

    I want to make it work as a native app that doesn't require being online. How do I do this?

    I've confirmed that everything is in the right directory structure to work, by running the application successfully on my desktop without needing to be online. Now I want to port it over to the touch.

    I also have a button icon file to use for it.

    Is there a way to put a local URL into the .plist file that tells the device what to do when the button is pressed? I basically need to tell the device to load a local webpage that is on the machine, not online.

    Do I use localhost:// instead of http:// or something? Are there other changes needed in the plist file to get it to work right?

    Also, do I need an actual "application' file or can I just have these HTML pages and the plist and default and button image files and be good to go?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    i think it needs to be an application, written with UIKit, compiled, etc, then jailbreaking the device and installing it. as far as i know native apps can't be webpages.
  3. yacoub thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2007
    Hmm, well I've seen that one can create a button app that opens Safari to access a remote URL (i.e. one on the Internet). Is there no way to have Safari access a file on the device itself... i.e. locally?

    Or is there a way to use this UIKit thing you mentioned to compile HTML, JavaScript, and PNG image files into an application? I would be able to provide the content if someone knows how to do it.

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