iOS HTTP Basic Authentication and RestKit

iOS HTTP Basic Authentication and RestKit

Today morning I was looking for some solution to use authentication with my REST calls to GeoCouch database. I set up the security on the server side but couldn’t get it to work really on the iOS. No joy on either :).
Was lucky enough to google up a very small solution project created by @Artsabintsev and hosted on GitHub.

The whole solution is just a single category with a single method extending functionality of the built-in NSMutableURLRequest.

+ (void)basicAuthForRequest:(NSMutableURLRequest *)request withUsername:(NSString *)username andPassword:(NSString *)password
    // Cast username and password as CFStringRefs via Toll-Free Bridging
    CFStringRef usernameRef = (__bridge CFStringRef)username;
    CFStringRef passwordRef = (__bridge CFStringRef)password;
    // Reference properties of the NSMutableURLRequest
    CFHTTPMessageRef authoriztionMessageRef = CFHTTPMessageCreateRequest(kCFAllocatorDefault, (__bridge CFStringRef)[request HTTPMethod], (__bridge CFURLRef)[request URL], kCFHTTPVersion1_1);
    // Encodes usernameRef and passwordRef in Base64
    CFHTTPMessageAddAuthentication(authoriztionMessageRef, nil, usernameRef, passwordRef, kCFHTTPAuthenticationSchemeBasic, FALSE);
    // Creates the 'Basic - <encoded_username_and_password>' string for the HTTP header
    CFStringRef authorizationStringRef = CFHTTPMessageCopyHeaderFieldValue(authoriztionMessageRef, CFSTR("Authorization"));
    // Add authorizationStringRef as value for 'Authorization' HTTP header
    [request setValue:(__bridge NSString *)authorizationStringRef forHTTPHeaderField:@"Authorization"];
    // Cleanup

Pretty sweet! To use it use just add the following call when setting up your request object (for an example have a look into previous post about using RestKit to handle JSON).

NSMutableURLRequest *request = [NSMutableURLRequest requestWithURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@""]];
    [NSMutableURLRequest basicAuthForRequest:request withUsername:@"username" andPassword:@"password"];
    RKObjectRequestOperation *operation = [[RKObjectRequestOperation alloc] initWithRequest:request responseDescriptors:@[responseDescriptor]];
    [operation setCompletionBlockWithSuccess:^(RKObjectRequestOperation *operation, RKMappingResult *result) {
        BBoxResponse *bboxResponse = [result firstObject];
        NSLog(@"Mapped the bbox response: %@", bboxResponse);
    } failure:^(RKObjectRequestOperation *operation, NSError *error) {
        NSLog(@"Failed with error: %@", [error localizedDescription]);
    [operation start];


One response on “iOS HTTP Basic Authentication and RestKit

  1. Shiju Varghese February 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm


    i want to do the same thing like iOS authentication. But RKObjectRequestOperation is missing. What i have to written with replacement?

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