Simple objective-c GET request

The options for performing HTTP requests in Objective-C can be a little intimidating. One solution that has worked well for me is to use NSMutableURLRequest. An example (using ARC, so YMMV) is:

- (NSString *) getDataFrom:(NSString *)url{
    NSMutableURLRequest *request = [[NSMutableURLRequest alloc] init];
    [request setHTTPMethod:@"GET"];
    [request setURL:[NSURL URLWithString:url]];

    NSError *error = nil;
    NSHTTPURLResponse *responseCode = nil;

    NSData *oResponseData = [NSURLConnection sendSynchronousRequest:request returningResponse:&responseCode error:&error];

    if([responseCode statusCode] != 200){
        NSLog(@"Error getting %@, HTTP status code %i", url, [responseCode statusCode]);
        return nil;

    return [[NSString alloc] initWithData:oResponseData encoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding]; 


Your question’s title, and tagging say POST, but your example URL would indicate a GET request. In the case of a GET request, the above example is sufficient. For a POST, you’d change it up as follows:

- (NSString *) getDataFrom:(NSString *)url withBody:(NSData *)body{
    NSMutableURLRequest *request = [[NSMutableURLRequest alloc] init];
    [request setHTTPMethod:@"POST"];
    [request setHTTPBody:body];
    [request setValue:[NSString stringWithFormat:@"%d", [body length]] forHTTPHeaderField:@"Content-Length"];
    [request setURL:[NSURL URLWithString:url]];

    /* the same as above from here out */ 

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