Navigation events

Supported platforms: Win32, Windows Forms, WinUi, WPF.

Navigation events run when specific asynchronous actions occur to the content displayed in a WebView2 instance. For example, when a WebView2 user navigates to a new website, the native content listens for the change using NavigationStarting event. When the navigation action completes, NavigationCompleted runs. For a good example of navigation events, navigate to WebView2 Get Started guide.

The normal sequence of navigation events is NavigationStarting, SourceChanged, ContentLoading, HistoryChanged, and then NavigationCompleted. The following events describe the state of WebView2 during each navigation.

The Microsoft Edge WebView2 Navigation Events


The figure represents navigation events with the same NavigationId property on the respective event argument.

Sequence Event name Details
1 NavigationStarting WebView2 starts to navigate and the navigation results in a network request. The host may disallow the request during the event.
2 SourceChanged The source of WebView2 changes to a new URL. The event may result from a navigation action that does not cause a network request such as a fragment navigation.
3 ContentLoading WebView starts loading content for the new page.
4 HistoryChanged The navigation causes the history of WebView2 to update.
5 NavigationCompleted WebView2 completes loading content on the new page.

Track navigation events to each new document using the navigation ID (NavigationId event). The NavigationId event of WebView changes every time a successful navigation to a new document completes.

Navigation events with different instances of NavigationId event may overlap. For instance, when you start a navigation event, you must wait for the related NavigationStarting event. If you then start another navigation, you should see the NavigationStarting event for the first navigate followed by the NavigationStarting event for the second navigate, followed by the NavigationCompleted event for the first navigation and then all the rest of the appropriate navigation events for the second navigation.

In error cases, there may or may not be a ContentLoading event depending on whether the navigation is continued to an error page.

If an HTTP redirect occurs, there are multiple NavigationStarting events in a row, where later event arguments have the IsRedirect property set, however the NavigationId event remains the same.

Same document navigation events, such as navigating to a fragment, do not result in the NavigationStarting event and do not increment the NavigationId event.

To monitor or cancel navigation events inside subframes in a WebView2 instance, use the FrameNavigationStarting and FrameNavigationCompleted events that act just like the equivalent non-frame counterpart events.

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