Sharing is caring

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Wouldn't it be grand to click a button and have your mobile's native share dialog come up? This used to take funky third party js widgets, or registering for all the various site api's individual; I remember it could take a week to get it right with SEO back in the golden days.

Well friends fear no more check out the webshare api

Now hypothetically say you have a fullscreened progressive web app, looks slick don't it? The problem though is the missing url bar.

Example:

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Here's your solution in the form of a method. One caveat is this must be called on a user action like click.

share() {
      if (navigator.share) {
        navigator
          .share({
            title: 'title',
            text: 'description',
            url: `url`
          })
          .catch(err => {
            console.log(`Couldn't share because of`, err.message);
          });
      } else {
        console.log("web share not supported");
      }
    }
<a class="show-mobile" href="#" @click.prevent="share">🔗 share</a>

Oh one more thing, this is only supported on mobile devices. I find this solution better than the user agent sniffing dark arts.

.show-mobile {
    display: none;
}
@media (pointer: coarse) {
  .show-mobile {
    display: inline-block;
  }
}

Why not fire up your cellular device and give it a try with this article, how meta would that be?