iOS Associated Domains (Universal Links) with Wildcards not working

In an iOS app I am working on I have setup Associated Domains (Universal Links). The app hosts multiple domains. Some domains I have set up with a wildcard. These domains do not seem to work. For example, I want to link to https://news.mydomain.com/. If I add the following to the list of associated domains:

applinks:*.mydomain.com -> Does not work

applinks:news.mydomain.com -> works fine

So I believe I did set up all correct, the apple-app-site-association file is setup fine. I can even see in both cases (using Charles Proxy) the apple-app-site-association file got retrieved ok.

In the case of the wildcard, the link only opens in Safari.

When I configure the domain without a wildcard, the App opens.

Am I missing something here? I am running iOS 9.3.2 on the device and I am running Xcode 7.3.1 which are today the latest versions.


I added my findings to this thread: https://forums.developer.apple.com/thread/47315

In short, even in iOS 10, it appears that the wildcard setup requires that the apple-app-site-association file be served by the wildcard's root.

For instance, if you want to use *.domain.com, then the apple-app-site-association needs to be hosted at both, e.g., app1.domain.com and domain.com, else it won't work with simply specifying applinks:*.domain.com in Xcode.

This is unfortunate if your main site is hosted at www.domain.com, and that you have a 301 redirect on domain.com (which redirects you to www.domain.com), because Universal Links do not allow redirects.

The workaround I found was to create a main subdomain for your app, and to use sub-subdomains for the wildcard. E.g.

  • app.domain.com (must serve the apple-app-site-association file)
  • server1.app.domain.com (must serve the apple-app-site-association)
  • server2.app.domain.com (...)

That way, in Xcode, you may only specify applinks:*.app.domain.com and Universal Links will work without you having to specify server1.app.domain.com, server2.app.domain.com, and so on... in Xcode.

Note, however, that you must also explicitly specify applinks:app.domain.com if you plan on using that server as well with your app.

I hope this helps.

It seems that adding a wildcard in the domain part of the applinks has only been introduced in iOS 9.3 Beta 2. In 9.3 Beta 2 release notes:

You can now use Universal Links with arbitrary subdomains instead of needing to list all of the app’s subdomains as fully qualified domain names. Entries have the form:

:[:port number] in which is “webcredentials”, “activitycontinuation”, or “applinks”.

The part of the entry can now optionally be prefixed with “*.” to indicate a wildcard subdomain. For example:


You say that you run on iOS 9.3.2. But is your deployment target >= iOS 9.3 ? If it's not: try by changing it. I think it will solve your issue.

Here you can found a copy of this release notes (sorry, I do not have any other public source)


Even if the Apple Doc say that you can use wildcards on domains, they seems to have an issue on this:

To match all subdomains of an associated domain, you can specify a wildcard by prefixing . before the beginning of a specific domain (the period is required). Domain matching is based on the longest substring in the applinks entries. For example, if you specify the entries applinks:.mywebsite.com and applinks:*.users.mywebsite.com, matching for the domain emily.users.mywebsite.com is performed against the longer *.users.mywebsite.com entry. Note that an entry for *.mywebsite.com does not match mywebsite.com because of the period after the asterisk. To enable matching for both *.mywebsite.com and mywebsite.com, you need to provide a separate applinks entry for each.

I think it is apple bug in documentation. I got same error on 9.3.1. And 9.3.2 works fine. Very interesting link, about signing problems, see Laurence Fan's comment

Apple should say that *.domain.com works for >= 9.3.2 in this link Support Universal Links

I tried this in Sept 2016, with both iOS 9.3.5 and iOS 10 beta. Situation appears unchanged: universal links are still not working if applinks contains only wildcard domains, even though the documentation suggests that this should work.

Apple have change in AASA file to support Dynamic link please change and add also in Assciate domain : webcredentials:dev.rlogical.com

  "applinks": {
      "details": [
             "appIDs": [ "ABCDE12345.com.example.app", "ABCDE12345.com.example.app2" ],
             "components": [
                  "#": "no_universal_links",
                  "exclude": true,
                  "comment": "Matches any URL whose fragment equals no_universal_links and instructs the system not to open it as a universal link"
                  "/": "/buy/*",
                  "comment": "Matches any URL whose path starts with /buy/"
                  "/": "/help/website/*",
                  "exclude": true,
                  "comment": "Matches any URL whose path starts with /help/website/ and instructs the system not to open it as a universal link"
                  "/": "/help/*",
                  "?": { "articleNumber": "????" },
                  "comment": "Matches any URL whose path starts with /help/ and which has a query item with name 'articleNumber' and a value of exactly 4 characters"
   "webcredentials": {
      "apps": [ "ABCDE12345.com.example.app" ]
    "appclips": {
        "apps": ["ABCED12345.com.example.MyApp.Clip"]

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