This article will guide you on how to post data to an HTTPS (i.e., secure connection) URL from a Windows application (.NET) by attaching a digital certificate from a certificate file and getting the response back. The code is written in C#.
No special background knowledge is needed for this article. Any beginner or intermediate programmer will be able to understand this code.
Using the Code
You should have a valid certificate file which you will use to post data to a secure website/web service by attaching that certificate. Actually, by this, you are going to attach a public key to your HTTPS request. Another way is to go through all the certificates which are installed in your PC and get the right one from the store list and then attach the public key to your HTTPS request. You can use either method. But here, I am going to use the first method.
private void postFile()
HttpWebRequest req = null;
HttpWebResponse rsp = null;
X509Certificate cert = X509Certificate.CreateFromCertFile("d:\\cert\\abc.crt");
string uri = "https://abc.com:2111/test.aspx";
String myfile = File.ReadAllText("C:\\somfile.xml");
req = (HttpWebRequest)System.Net.WebRequest.Create(uri);
String DataToPost = this.GetTextFromXMLFile(myfile);
String strSenderID = "123";
req.Method = "POST";
req.ContentType = "application/octet-stream";
req.ContentLength = 1000;
req.KeepAlive = false;
req.UserAgent = null;
req.Timeout = 99999;
req.ReadWriteTimeout = 99999;
req.ServicePoint.MaxIdleTime = 99999;
StreamWriter writer = new StreamWriter(req.GetRequestStream());
rsp = (HttpWebResponse)req.GetResponse();
System.IO.StreamReader reader =
String retData = reader.ReadToEnd();
if (req != null) req.GetRequestStream().Close();
if (rsp != null) rsp.GetResponseStream().Close();
This function will read the contents of the file and return back the file contents.
private string GetTextFromXMLFile(string file)
StreamReader reader = new StreamReader(file);
string ret = reader.ReadToEnd();
TrustAllCertificatePolicy() will catch a certificate policy exception for a custom certificate policy.
public class TrustAllCertificatePolicy : System.Net.ICertificatePolicy
public bool CheckValidationResult(ServicePoint sp,
X509Certificate cert, WebRequest req, int problem)
Points of Interest
Cryptography is really a big area of study, and here we have just discussed a small part of it. I will soon be updating this article with the latest source code.
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