Load HTML in WebView with local css and js


I am displaying a webview with a remote html content get as a string from a remote server. I store the html locally for a no connection use of my application.

Moreover I also store a .js script and a .css style file locally. These files can be updated by the server.

I store all these files at the following paths :


In the html string, css and js are referenced like this :

<link rel"stylesheet" href"/content.css" type"text/css" media"screen">                                            
<script src"/content.js"></script>

I load the html using

this.webView.loadDataWithBaseURL(getFilesDir().getAbsolutePath(), html, "text/html", "utf-8", "about:blank");

But the style and the js are not taken into account, so I think something is wrong with the path I use to reference them, or to load the webView. So what is the way to do this ? I found many answers that use the “assets” folder but I do not want to use it since I have to update the css and the js from the server.


Finally I have found the solution :

  • The css (or js) file is saved in local using this method :

    public static void writeToFile(Context context, String content, String title) throws IOException { OutputStreamWriter osw new OutputStreamWriter(context.openFileOutput(title,Context.MODE_WORLD_READABLE)); osw.write(content); osw.close(); }

  • Then I refer it in the html file using

    <link rel"stylesheet" href"content.css" type"text/css" media"screen"> <script src"content.js"></script>

  • And finally I have opened the webview using :

    this.webView (WebView) findViewById(R.id.webview); this.webView.getSettings().setJavaScriptEnabled(true); this.webView.getSettings().setPluginsEnabled(true); this.webView.setHorizontalScrollBarEnabled(false); this.webView.setVerticalScrollBarEnabled(true); this.webView.setScrollBarStyle(View.SCROLLBARS_INSIDE_OVERLAY); this.webView.setWebViewClient(this.controller.getWebViewClient()); String basePath "file://"+getFilesDir().getAbsolutePath()+"/"; this.webView.loadDataWithBaseURL(basePath, data, "text/html", "utf-8", "about:blank");

Answered By – obo

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