How to link to an iOS App

Direct web link to your app or developer account showing all your apps:

Direct link to a country specific app store (say Germany in this exampe):

If your app name contains spaces replace them with dashes. Replace http with imts to avoid Safari redirects on iOS devices. The http links will send web users to a page which asks to open iTunes on their machines.

To link from Objective-C so that the app store app opens automatically:

[[UIApplication sharedApplication] openURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@"itms://itunes.com/apps/myappname"]];

Alternatively you can use Apple’s Link Maker Tool: http://itunes.apple.com/linkmaker/ – this lets you create buttons like the one below as well as direct links to web pages that look like iTunes:

Poirot for iOS - Pinkstone Pictures Ltd.





3 thoughts on “How to link to an iOS App

  1. I’ve just found an Apple Technical Note which describes this process. Apparently the iTunes.com URL is being phased out and instead appstore.com will be used.

    For example, to link to my company it would be

    http://appstore.com/company (for example, http://appstore.com/pinkstone-pictures-ltd)

    or to link directly to an app it would be

    http://appstore.com/appname (for example, http://appstore.com/poirot-for-ios)

    Here’s the article: http://developer.apple.com/library/ios/#qa/qa1633/_index.html

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