Ignore HTTPS issues with HTTPClient in .NET core

For a proof-of-concept I had to communicate with a restful api build by another team. The api is using a self-signed certificate to make it work over https.
This would generate some https/ssl errors that would cause my HttpClient not to work.

So the first step to resolve this, was to add the following piece of code..

using (var handler = new HttpClientHandler())  
  (message, cert, chain, errors) => true;

  using (var client = new HttpClient(handler))

If you're running your .net core application on Mac OSX or Linux you might run into a PlatformNotSupportedException telling you something like this:

System.PlatformNotSupportedException: The libcurl library in use (7.51.0) and its SSL backend ("SecureTransport") do not support custom handling of certificates. A libcurl built with OpenSSL is required.  

It took me a while to figure out how to resolve this, but here is the solution on Mac OSX:

brew install curl --with-openssl && brew link curl —force  

After that set this environment variable, forcing the runtime to use the newly installed version of curl (instead of the default OS version)

export DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib/  

It will work from the command line now!

If you are running&debugging with Visual Studio Code (like I am), you need add this environment setting to .vscode/launch.json:

"env": {
    "ASPNETCORE_ENVIRONMENT": "Development",
    "DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH": "/usr/local/lib/"

Now, when you can run your application from Visual Studio code as well!

Ronald Harmsen

I'm a software developer. When I'm not developing software I'm training & coaching other developers, speaking on a conference or fiddling with some technical stuff.

Arnhem, The Netherlands

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