iPad/objective-C synchronous HTTP request example?

I can only find asynchronous iPad/objective C HTTP examples. How do I do a synchronous web request?


Agree with h4xxr and I would forward you to


Which is a fantastic lib that has robust HTTP request methods for both synch and asynch complete with code samples.

NSURLRequest * urlRequest = [NSURLRequest requestWithURL:aURL];
NSURLResponse * response = nil;
NSError * error = nil;
NSData * data = [NSURLConnection sendSynchronousRequest:urlRequest returningResponse:&response error:&error];

Depends on what data you're after. Something simple like this is synchronous, and is handy from time to time:

NSURL *url = [NSURL URLWithString:@"http://someaddress.asp?somedatarequest=1"];
NSArray *dataArray = [NSArray arrayWithContentsOfURL:url];

(Equivalent also exists for Dictionaries)

In this case, the system will wait for a response from someaddress.asp - therefore best perhaps to put something like this into a background thread.

If you have control over the format of the data at the other end, this can be a quick and easy way to get data into an iPhone/iPad app...

Edit - just wanted to state the obvious that typically asynchronous is usually best! No waiting around tying up system resources, especially if remote server has died etc... :)

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