Mocking an HTTPS RESTful endpoint with Netcat

Netcat is generally known as a TCP/IP Swiss Army Knife and is incredibly helpful for both debugging and mocking up network services

Following is an example on how to setup a mock RESTful service that communicates over HTTPS.

On the “server” side, run the following command.  The -l command instructs Netcat to listen.

while true; do { echo -e “HTTP/1.1 200 OK\r\n$(date)\r\n\r\n<h1>hello world from $(hostname) on $(date)</h1>” |  nc -vl –ssl 8080; } done

On the “client” side, run the → Continue reading “Mocking an HTTPS RESTful endpoint with Netcat”

Using netcat to Mock a RESTful Webservice that Returns JSON

Let’s say that you are working on a part of a project that needs to consume some JSON data from a forthcoming HTTP service.  That sub-system is being developed by one of your colleagues and is not yet ready for you to stand-up to develop against.

You can use netcat to mock the webservice and return some static JSON data for which you can develop and test against with a simple one-liner.

First, put together your JSON in a file, → Continue reading “Using netcat to Mock a RESTful Webservice that Returns JSON”

How to Use Credentials That Contain Special Characters with curl

In order to execute curl commands to endpoints with passwords that contain special characters, the cleanest way that I have found to do so is to Base64 encode the authentication string for curl and then pass an Authorization request header along with the request.

In this example the credentials are uid ‘rchapin’ and passwd ‘abc123!@#’.  Normally we would pass this to curl as follows:

$ curl -u rchapin:abc123!@# -X GET https://some-endpoint:443

However, this will not work and the password will → Continue reading “How to Use Credentials That Contain Special Characters with curl”