Ionic 2+ : Open URLs in Chrome Custom Tabs with Cordova and Ionic Native 3.x+


Chrome custom tabs allows you to open a in app chrome tab in your mobile app to open external URLs and web sites .

In this tutorial we are going to see a simple Ionic example that makes use of Chrome In App Custom tabs .

Creating a new app

The first step will be creating a new app using the Ionic CLI .

Simply run :

ionic start ChromeCustomTabsExample blank 
cd ChromeCustomTabsExample 

Then install the required plugins from npm :

$ ionic cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-browsertab --save 
$ npm install --save @ionic-native/browser-tab    

Now you need to add this plugin to your app main module :

Head over to src/app/app.module.ts :

/* ... */
import { BrowserTab } from '@ionic-native/browser-tab';

declarations: [
imports: [
bootstrap: [IonicApp],
entryComponents: [
providers: [
    {provide: ErrorHandler, useClass: IonicErrorHandler}
export class AppModule {}        

Now we are ready to use BrowserTab by injecting it in any component from where we want to launch a chrome custom tab :

Open src/pages/home/home.ts and add a method to open an url .

import { Component } from '@angular/core';
import { BrowserTab } from '@ionic-native/browser-tab';

selector: 'home',
templateUrl: 'home.html',
export class HomePage {

constructor(private browserTab: BrowserTab) {

        .then((isAvailable: boolean) => {

        if(isAvailable) {


        } else {

            // if custom tabs are not available you may  use InAppBrowser



You can now add a button to trigger this method

<button ion-button (click)="openUrl()"> Open Techiediaries</button>


To test your application ,start by adding a target Android platform then build and run your app in a real mobile device .

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