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How to get file_get_contents() to work with HTTPS?


Question

I'm working on setting up credit card processing and needed to use a workaround for CURL. The following code worked fine when I was using the test server (which wasn't calling an SSL URL), but now when I am testing it on the working server with HTTPS, it's failing with the error message "failed to open stream".

function send($packet, $url) {
  $ctx = stream_context_create(
    array(
      'http'=>array(
        'header'=>"Content-type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded",
        'method'=>'POST',
        'content'=>$packet
      )
    )
  );
  return file_get_contents($url, 0, $ctx);
}
2019/02/17
1
106
2/17/2019 11:48:40 AM

Accepted Answer

Try the following script to see if there is an https wrapper available for your php scripts.

$w = stream_get_wrappers();
echo 'openssl: ',  extension_loaded  ('openssl') ? 'yes':'no', "\n";
echo 'http wrapper: ', in_array('http', $w) ? 'yes':'no', "\n";
echo 'https wrapper: ', in_array('https', $w) ? 'yes':'no', "\n";
echo 'wrappers: ', var_export($w);

the output should be something like

openssl: yes
http wrapper: yes
https wrapper: yes
wrappers: array(11) {
  [...]
}
2016/07/24
89
7/24/2016 4:23:58 AM


Try the following.

function getSslPage($url) {
    $ch = curl_init();
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, FALSE);
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, false);
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, true);
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_REFERER, $url);
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, TRUE);
    $result = curl_exec($ch);
    curl_close($ch);
    return $result;
}

Note: This disables SSL verification, meaning the security offered by HTTPS is lost. Only use this code for testing / local development, never on the internet or other public-facing networks. If this code works, it means the SSL certificate isn't trusted or can't be verified, which you should look into fixing as a separate issue.

2017/11/17

$url= 'https://example.com';

$arrContextOptions=array(
      "ssl"=>array(
            "verify_peer"=>false,
            "verify_peer_name"=>false,
        ),
    );  

$response = file_get_contents($url, false, stream_context_create($arrContextOptions));

This will allow you to get the content from the url whether it is a HTTPS

2016/08/02

This is probably due to your target server not having a valid SSL certificate.

2017/07/12

Just add two lines in your php.ini file.

extension=php_openssl.dll

allow_url_include = On

its working for me.

2013/03/09

HTTPS is supported starting from PHP 4.3.0, if you have compiled in support for OpenSSL. Also, make sure the target server has a valid certificate, the firewall allows outbound connections and allow_url_fopen in php.ini is set to true.

2013/12/22

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