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SwiftHTTP

SwiftHTTP is a thin wrapper around NSURLSession in Swift to simplify HTTP requests.

Features

  • Convenient Closure APIs
  • Simple Queue Support
  • Parameter Encoding
  • Builtin JSON Request Serialization
  • Upload/Download with Progress Closure
  • Concise Codebase.

First thing is to import the framework. See the Installation instructions on how to add the framework to your project.

import SwiftHTTP

Examples

GET

The most basic request. By default an Data object will be returned for the response.

HTTP.GET("https://google.com") { response in
	if let err = response.error {
		print("error: \(err.localizedDescription)")
		return //also notify app of failure as needed
	}
    print("opt finished: \(response.description)")
    //print("data is: \(response.data)") access the response of the data with response.data
}

We can also add parameters as with standard container objects and they will be properly serialized to their respective HTTP equivalent.

//the url sent will be https://google.com?hello=world&param2=value2
HTTP.GET("https://google.com", parameters: ["hello": "world", "param2": "value2"]) { response in
	if let err = response.error {
		print("error: \(err.localizedDescription)")
		return //also notify app of failure as needed
	}
    print("opt finished: \(response.description)")
}

The Response contains all the common HTTP response data, such as the responseObject of the data and the headers of the response.

HTTP Methods

All the common HTTP methods are avalaible as convenience methods as well.

POST

let params = ["param": "param1", "array": ["first array element","second","third"], "num": 23, "dict": ["someKey": "someVal"]]
HTTP.POST("https://domain.com/new", parameters: params) { response in
//do things...
}

PUT

HTTP.PUT("https://domain.com/1")

HEAD

HTTP.HEAD("https://domain.com/1")

DELETE

HTTP.DELETE("https://domain.com/1")

Download

HTTP.Download("http://www.cbu.edu.zm/downloads/pdf-sample.pdf", completion: { (response, url) in
    //move the temp file to desired location...
})

Upload

File uploads can be done using the Upload object. All files to upload should be wrapped in a Upload object and added as a parameter.

let fileUrl = URL(fileURLWithPath: "/Users/dalton/Desktop/testfile")!
HTTP.POST("https://domain.com/new", parameters: ["aParam": "aValue", "file": Upload(fileUrl: fileUrl)]) { response in
//do things...
}

Upload comes in both a on disk fileUrl version and a Data version.

Custom Headers

Custom HTTP headers can be add to a request with the standard NSMutableRequest API:

HTTP.GET("https://domain.com", parameters: ["hello": "there"], headers: ["header": "value"]) { response in
    //do stuff
}

SSL Pinning

SSL Pinning is also supported in SwiftHTTP.

var req = URLRequest(urlString: "https://domain.com")!
req?.timeoutInterval = 5
let task = HTTP(req)
task.security = HTTPSecurity(certs: [HTTPSSLCert(data: data)], usePublicKeys: true)
//opt.security = HTTPSecurity() //uses the .cer files in your app's bundle
task.run { (response) in
    if let err = response.error {
        print("error: \(err.localizedDescription)")
        return //also notify app of failure as needed
    }
    print("opt finished: \(response.description)")
}

You load either a Data blob of your certificate or you can use a SecKeyRef if you have a public key you want to use. The usePublicKeys bool is whether to use the certificates for validation or the public keys. The public keys will be extracted from the certificates automatically if usePublicKeys is choosen.

Authentication

SwiftHTTP supports authentication through NSURLCredential. Currently only Basic Auth and Digest Auth have been tested.

var req = URLRequest(urlString: "https://domain.com")!
req.timeoutInterval = 5
let task = HTTP(req)
//the auth closures will continually be called until a successful auth or rejection
var attempted = false
task.auth = { challenge in
    if !attempted {
        attempted = true
        return NSURLCredential(user: "user", password: "passwd", persistence: .ForSession)
    }
    return nil //auth failed, nil causes the request to be properly cancelled.
}
task.run { (response) in
   //do stuff
}

Allow all certificates example:

var req = URLRequest(urlString: "https://domain.com")!
req.timeoutInterval = 5
let task = HTTP(req)
//the auth closures will continually be called until a successful auth or rejection
var attempted = false
task.auth = { challenge in
    if !attempted {
        attempted = true
        return NSURLCredential(forTrust: challenge.protectionSpace.serverTrust)
    }
    return nil //auth failed, nil causes the request to be properly cancelled.
}
task.run { (response) in
   //do stuff
}

Operation Queue

SwiftHTTP also has a simple queue in it!

let queue = HTTPQueue(maxSimultaneousRequest: 2)
var req = URLRequest(urlString: "https://google.com")!
req.timeoutInterval = 5
let task = HTTP(req)
task.onFinish = { (response) in
    print("item in the queue finished: \(response.URL!)")
}
queue.add(http: task) //the request will start running once added to the queue


var req2 = URLRequest(urlString: "https://apple.com")!
req2.timeoutInterval = 5
let task2 = HTTP(req2)
task2.onFinish = { (response) in
    print("item in the queue finished: \(response.URL!)")
}
queue.add(http: task2)

//etc...

queue.finished {
    print("all items finished")
}

Cancel

Let's say you want to cancel the request a little later, call the cancel method.

task.cancel()

JSON Request Serializer

Request parameters can also be serialized to JSON as needed. By default request are serialized using standard HTTP form encoding.

HTTP.GET("https://google.com", requestSerializer: JSONParameterSerializer()) { response in
    //you already get it. The data property of the response object will have the json in it
}

Progress

SwiftHTTP can monitor the progress of a request.

var req = URLRequest(urlString: "https://domain.com/somefile")
let task = HTTP(req!)
task.progress = { progress in
    print("progress: \(progress)") //this will be between 0 and 1.
}
task.run { (response) in
   //do stuff
}

Global handlers

SwiftHTTP also has global handlers, to reduce the requirement of repeat HTTP modifiers, such as a auth header or setting NSMutableURLRequest properties such as timeoutInterval.

//modify NSMutableURLRequest for any Factory method call (e.g. HTTP.GET, HTTP.POST, HTTP.New, etc).
HTTP.globalRequest { req in
    req.timeoutInterval = 5
}

//set a global SSL pinning setting
HTTP.globalSecurity(HTTPSecurity()) //see the SSL section for more info

//set global auth handler. See the Auth section for more info
HTTP.globalAuth { challenge in
    return NSURLCredential(user: "user", password: "passwd", persistence: .ForSession)
}

Client/Server Example

This is a full example swiftHTTP in action. First here is a quick web server in Go.

package main

import (
	"fmt"
	"log"
	"net/http"
)

func main() {
	http.HandleFunc("/bar", func(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
		log.Println("got a web request")
		fmt.Println("header: ", r.Header.Get("someKey"))
		w.Write([]byte("{\"status\": \"ok\"}"))
	})

	log.Fatal(http.ListenAndServe(":8080", nil))
}

Now for the request:

struct Response: Codable {
    let status: String
}

let decoder = JSONDecoder()
HTTP.GET("http://localhost:8080/bar") { response in
    if let error = response.error {
        print("got an error: \(error)")
        return
    }
    do {
        let resp = try decoder.decode(Response.self, from: response.data)
        print("completed: \(resp.status)")
    } catch let error {
        print("decode json error: \(error)")
    }
}

POST example

package main

import (
    "fmt"
    "io"
    "log"
    "net/http"
    "os"
)

func main() {
    http.HandleFunc("/bar", func(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
        fmt.Println("header: ", r.Header.Get("Content-Type"))
        upload, header, err := r.FormFile("file")
        if err != nil {
            w.Write([]byte("{\"error\": \"bad file upload\"}")) //normally be a 500 status code
            return
        }
        file, err := os.Create(header.Filename) // we would normally need to generate unique filenames.
        if err != nil {
            w.Write([]byte("{\"error\": \"system error occured\"}")) //normally be a 500 status code
            return
        }
        io.Copy(file, upload) // write the uploaded file to disk.
        w.Write([]byte("{\"status\": \"ok\"}")) 
    })

    log.Fatal(http.ListenAndServe(":8080", nil))
}

Now for the Swift:

struct Response: Codable {
    let status: String?
    let error: String?
}

let decoder = JSONDecoder()
let url = URL(fileURLWithPath: "/Users/dalton/Desktop/picture.jpg")
HTTP.POST("http://localhost:8080/bar", parameters: ["test": "value", "file": Upload(fileUrl: url)]) { response in
    if let error = response.error {
        print("got an error: \(error)")
        return
    }
    do {
        let resp = try decoder.decode(Response.self, from: response.data)
        if let err = resp.error {
            print("got an error: \(err)")
        }
        if let status = resp.status {
            print("completed: \(status)")
        }
    } catch let error {
        print("decode json error: \(error)")
    }
}

Requirements

SwiftHTTP works with iOS 7/OSX 10.10 or above. It is recommended to use iOS 8/10.10 or above for CocoaPods/framework support. To use SwiftHTTP with a project targeting iOS 7, you must include all Swift files directly in your project.

Installation

CocoaPods

Check out Get Started tab on cocoapods.org.

To use SwiftHTTP in your project add the following 'Podfile' to your project

source 'https://github.com/CocoaPods/Specs.git'
platform :ios, '8.0'
use_frameworks!

pod 'SwiftHTTP', '~> 3.0.1'

Then run:

pod install

Carthage

Check out the Carthage docs on how to add a install. The SwiftHTTP framework is already setup with shared schemes.

Carthage Install

You can install Carthage with Homebrew using the following command:

$ brew update
$ brew install carthage

To integrate SwiftHTTP into your Xcode project using Carthage, specify it in your Cartfile:

github "daltoniam/SwiftHTTP" >= 3.0.1

Rogue

First see the installation docs for how to install Rogue.

To install SwiftHTTP run the command below in the directory you created the rogue file.

rogue add https://github.com/daltoniam/SwiftHTTP

Next open the libs folder and add the SwiftHTTP.xcodeproj to your Xcode project. Once that is complete, in your "Build Phases" add the SwiftHTTP.framework to your "Link Binary with Libraries" phase. Make sure to add the libs folder to your .gitignore file.

Other

Simply grab the framework (either via git submodule or another package manager).

Add the SwiftHTTP.xcodeproj to your Xcode project. Once that is complete, in your "Build Phases" add the SwiftHTTP.framework to your "Link Binary with Libraries" phase.

Add Copy Frameworks Phase

If you are running this in an OSX app or on a physical iOS device you will need to make sure you add the SwiftHTTP.framework included in your app bundle. To do this, in Xcode, navigate to the target configuration window by clicking on the blue project icon, and selecting the application target under the "Targets" heading in the sidebar. In the tab bar at the top of that window, open the "Build Phases" panel. Expand the "Link Binary with Libraries" group, and add SwiftHTTP.framework. Click on the + button at the top left of the panel and select "New Copy Files Phase". Rename this new phase to "Copy Frameworks", set the "Destination" to "Frameworks", and add SwiftHTTP.framework.

TODOs

  • [ ] Linux support?
  • [ ] Add more unit tests

License

SwiftHTTP is licensed under the Apache v2 License.

Contact

Dalton Cherry

  • https://github.com/daltoniam
  • http://twitter.com/daltoniam
  • http://daltoniam.com

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