Code Quality Rank: L4
Programming language: Swift
License: MIT License
Tags: Parsing     Other Parsing    
Latest version: v5.1.0

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Erik is a headless browser based on WebKit and HTML parser Kanna.

An headless browser allow to run functional tests, to access and manipulate webpages using javascript.

let browser = Erik.visit(url: url) { document, error in
    // browse HTML element, click, submit form and more


Go to an url

Erik.visit(url: url) { object, error in
    if let e = error {

    } else if let doc = object {
        // HTML Inspection

How to get current url?

if let url = Erik.currentURL {..}

For multiple browsing you can create an instance of headless browser and use same functions

let browser = Erik()

HTML Inspection

Search for nodes by CSS selector

for link in doc.querySelectorAll("a, link") {

Edit first input field with name "user"

if let input = doc.querySelectorAll("input[name=\"user\"]").first {
    input["value"] = "Eric"

Submit a form

if let form = doc.querySelector("form[id='search']") as? Form {

Evaluate some JavaScript

let javaScriptSource = "console.log("test");"
Erik.evaluate(javaScript:javaScriptSource) { (obj, err) -> Void in
    if let error = err {
        switch error {
            case ErikError.javaScriptError(let message):
            default :
    else if let capturedValue = obj {
        // do something according to result

capturedValue is the content of JavaScript variable resultErik Affect this variable in your JavaScript code.

let javaScriptSource = "console.log('test'); var resultErik = 1 + 1;"

Warning about DOM change

:warning: All action on Dom use JavaScript and do not modify the actual Document object and its children Element.

You must use currentContent to get a refreshed Document object

Get current content

Erik.currentContent { (obj, err) -> Void in
    if let error = err {
    else if let document = obj {
       // HTML Inspection

Using Future

As an optional feature, you can use Future/Promise ( Erik use frameworks BrightFutures & Result)

Example to submit a google search

let url = NSURL(string:"https://www.google.com")!
let value = "Erik The Phantom of Opera"
// visit
var future: Future<Document, NSError> = Erik.visitFuture(url: url)
// fill input field
future = future.flatMap { document -> Future<Document, NSError> in
    if let input = document.querySelector("input[name='q']") {
        input["value"] = value
    if let form = document.querySelector("form[name=\"f\"]") as? Form {
    return Erik.currentContentFuture()
// finally get final result as success or error
future.onSuccess { document in
    // parse result
future.onFailure { error in


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Using cocoapods

CocoaPods is a centralized dependency manager for Objective-C and Swift. Go here to learn more.

  1. Add the project to your Podfile.

    pod 'Erik'
    // or specific target
    target :test do
       pod 'Erik'
  2. Run pod install and open the .xcworkspace file to launch Xcode.

Optional Future

Add pod 'Erik/Future' to your Podfile and run pod install.

Using carthage

Carthage is a decentralized dependency manager for Objective-C and Swift.

  1. Add the project to your Cartfile.

    github "phimage/Erik"


  • [ ] (WIP) WKWebView screenshot (webkit view privates api?)

Why Erik?

A well known headless browser is named PhantomJS and a very well known browser is Opera.

As a tribute I use Erik, firstname of the title character from Gaston Leroux's novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra best known to English speakers as The Phantom of Opera

My name is also Erik. So egotistical to call a project using its firstname isn't it.

My only justification is that I was playing Metal Gear Solid V and the creator Hideo Kojima name appears over 100 times in the game. Coincidentally the full name of the game is Metal Gear Solid V : The Phantom Pain.


The MIT License. See the LICENSE file for more information.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Erik README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.