andreas andreas - 2 months ago 10
Android Question

Getting content from website with HttpURLConnection (Android API 18)

How to get content from website with HttpURLConnection for android APIs 18 and above? The code is working fine for API 23, but inputstream is returning odd values for API 18. This is what I get when I try to read data from URL with API 18:

TTP/1.1 200 OK Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8
Access-Control-Allow-Origin: * Cache-Control: no-cache, no-store,
max-age=0, must-revalidate Pragma: no-cache Expires: Mon, 01 Jan 1990
00:00:00 GMT Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2016 19:01:33 GMTContent-Encoding: gzip
P3P: CP="This is not a P3P policy! See for more
info." P3P: CP="This is not a P3P policy! See for more
info." X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN
X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block Server: GSE Set-Cookie:
02-Feb-2017 19:01:33 GMT;HttpOnly Set-Cookie:
02-Feb-2017 19:01:33 GMT;HttpOnly Alternate-Protocol: 443:quic
Alt-Svc: quic=":443"; ma=2592000; v="36,35,34,33,32,31,30"
Transfer-Encoding: chunked 00000001 00000001 � 00000001 00000001 ��
00000001 �� 00000001 �� 00000001 �� �� ��

What would be the reasoning behind this? I can provide the code if needed. I'm fairly new with this and can't find the answer anywhere.

To get response from URL I use

private String downloadUrl(String urlString) throws IOException {
InputStream is = null;
try {
URL url = new URL(urlString);
HttpURLConnection conn = (HttpURLConnection) url.openConnection();
conn.setReadTimeout(10000 /* milliseconds */);
conn.setConnectTimeout(15000 /* milliseconds */);
// Starts the query
int responseCode = conn.getResponseCode();
is = conn.getInputStream();
String contentAsString = convertStreamToString(is);
return contentAsString;
} finally {
if (is != null) {

and the method which converts the stream into string

private String convertStreamToString(InputStream is) {
BufferedReader reader = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(is));
StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
String line = null;
try {
while ((line = reader.readLine()) != null) {
sb.append(line + "\n");
} catch (IOException e) {
} finally {
try {
} catch (IOException e) {
return sb.toString();


I have had a similar problem.. The problem is that you are using an HttpUrlConnection on an https request. So all of your data is going to be encrypted. I would recommend using some other HttpRequest library like http-request by kevinsawicki: This will have easy support for getting headers, bodies (Json, XML, Plaintext) and other meta data about the request.

How to add the maven In android studio open up the project viewer and open build.gradle (app) and add this line in the dependencies list

compile 'com.github.kevinsawicki:http-request:6.0'

Now open up the (project) build.gradle and make sure under repositories you have this


Example get request

HttpRequest req = HttpRequest.get("");
req.trustAllHosts(); //If you are having certificate problems
int code = req.code();
String body = req.body();
Log.d("CODE:", String.valueOf(code));
Log.d("BODY:", body);

Best regards, David