Very simple function for sending HTTP POST requests

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Very simple function for sending HTTP POST requests

Post by ptDev » Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:31 am

After a couple of hours searching for a useful example, I finally found a chinese blog with a simple procedure (can't find the url now, sorry :oops:). From this example, I made a simple function that I can now use in any program whenever contacting a server through POST is needed.

It couldn't be any simpler. The reply is returned in the form of a wxString, and in case of failure, it is a wxEmptyString.

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#include <wx/protocol/http.h>
#include <wx/sstream.h>

const wxString wxHTTP_POST(const wxString& server, const wxString& page, const wxString& parameters)
   wxString reply = wxEmptyString;

   wxHTTP http;

   http.SetHeader("Content-type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded");

   wxInputStream *http_stream = http.GetInputStream("/"+page);

   if (http.GetError() == wxPROTO_NOERR)
      wxStringOutputStream out_stream(&reply);
   else reply = wxEmptyString;


   return reply;
Examples of use.
  • Login to a website:

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    wxString server_reply = wxHTTP_POST("","login.php","username=CoolUser&pass=My_PassWord");
    Search for "carrots" in

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    wxString results = wxHTTP_POST("","search","q=carrots");
Needless to say, the parameters need to be URL encoded, and you should handle the reply according to the format specified in the relevant site's API. It can be a simple confirmation string, an URL for redirection, or an entire web page.

I hope someone finds this useful. Happy hacking!


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Post by maxinuruguay » Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:47 am

This doesn't work on my machine 2.8.10 Windows 7 accessing a php script. If anyone gets this to work, I'd be interested in how you did it. In the meantime, upCase you are my hero! Your workaround works great. ... hlight=php

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