HTTPS GET fails in socket, works in Safari :-!

I have an app which uses SSL sockets and HTTPS GET to query a web API and send SMS.

The GET statement is as follows:-!&concatenate=true&output=verbose

(user and password have been obfuscated).

When I paste this into my Safari web browser address bar, it works.
When I do a HTTPS GET it fails.

My code is

(traitel is a HTTP Secure Socket on the page as a property.)
(urlString is the GET statement pasted above.)
(returnedData is a string property of the page.)

traitel.Yield = false //does not let other things happen
traitel.Secure = true
traitel.ConnectionType = SSLSocket.SSLv23

returnedData = traitel.Get(urlString, socketTimeOut) 

I get back the following error:-

??403 Forbidden??



You don't have permission to access / this server.


From this I gather that

  1. Safari correctly deals with the GET , and sets up the socket to work properly.
  2. My code doesn’t.

Any thoughts on what is going wrong ?

Tony Barry

Couple of things:

  • SSLSocket.SSLv23 is probably too old. Try one of the TLS versions.
  • They may require a user agent.
  • They may require the use of cookies.
  • Try using the new sockets, they may require HTTP/1.1

Thank you Greg.

Much appreciated.

This I presume is Xojo.Net.HTTPsocket.

The examples are few and far between. Are iOS sockets used in the same manner as regular sockets ?

Tony Barry

Hi Greg and friends,

I am having a bit of trouble with the HTTP1.1 sockets.

Where is the timeout value ? I see that a timeout event fires in the NetException event (constant = 9) … but how is this timeout set ?

How does one make the socket not yield ? I do need to set the timeout (see above) but I am happy for the app to “go away” for ten seconds to get data.

How does one set the socket to Secure ? Or is this magically set by using a “https://” URL ?

How does one get the results of a GET back in memory ? The examples show a “saveFileToDisk” option, but not an in-memory option.

The example I am working from is from the downloaded examples as part of the Xojo folder, in the path
/Example Projects/Xojo Framework/HTTPSocketGetExample.xojo.binary.project

Tony Barry

New socket is asynchronous. You cannot set a timeout any longer but must handle its events. To get the content returned use the PageReceived event.

SSL support is “magical” as you call it by using a “https://” in the URL as opposed to a “http://”

Thank you Phillip. Now I must think on this. And that … will hurt.

Tony Barry