Objective-c – Google App Engine with ClientLogin Interface for Objective-C


I'm experiencing the same problem in this previous stackoverflow.com post.

Specifically, I seem to be able to get the "Auth" token correctly, but attempts to use it in the header when I access later pages still just return me the login page's HTML.

Following links related to this post, I've determined that you need to make a subsequent call to this URL.

A call to the URL will then give you an ACSID cookie which then needs to be passed in subsequent calls in order to maintain an authenticated state.

When requesting this cookie, I've read various posts saying you need to specify your original auth token by appending it to the query string such that:


I've also read that you should set it in the http header as described in google's documentation such that a http header name/value is:

Authorization: GoogleLogin auth=yourAuthToken

I've tried both approaches and am not seeing any cookies returned. I've used Wireshark, LiveHttpHeaders for Firefox, and simple NSLog statements trying to see if anything like this is returned.

Below is the code snippet I've been using.

NSURL* url = [NSURL URLWithString:[NSString stringWithFormat:@"http://yourapp.appspot.com/_ah/login?auth=%@", [token objectForKey:@"Auth"]]];
NSHTTPURLResponse* response;
NSError* error;
NSMutableURLRequest *request = [[NSMutableURLRequest alloc] initWithURL:url];
[request setValue:[NSString stringWithFormat:@"GoogleLogin auth=%@", [token objectForKey:@"Auth"]] forHTTPHeaderField:@"Authorization"];
NSData * data = [NSURLConnection sendSynchronousRequest:request returningResponse:&response error:&error];  

//show me all header fields
NSLog([[response allHeaderFields] description]);

//show me the response
NSLog(@"%@", [[[NSString alloc] initWithData:data encoding:NSASCIIStringEncoding] autorelease]);
NSArray * all = [NSHTTPCookie cookiesWithResponseHeaderFields:[response allHeaderFields] forURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@"http://yourapp.appspot.com/_ah/login"]];

//show me all cookies
for (NSHTTPCookie *cookie in all) 
    NSLog(@"Name: %@ : Value: %@", cookie.name, cookie.value); 

I hope you can use ClientLogin for Google App Engine code.

Best Solution

Adding sample code to this question because someone contacted me directly about my solution. Note that you must set the "service" parameter equal to "ah" on the initial token request.

Initial Request of Token [done synchronously] NOTE: the "service" parameter is set to "ah" and the "source" is just set to "myapp", you should use your app name.

//create request
NSString* content = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"accountType=HOSTED_OR_GOOGLE&Email=%@&Passwd=%@&service=ah&source=myapp", [loginView username].text, [loginView password].text];
NSURL* authUrl = [NSURL URLWithString:@"https://www.google.com/accounts/ClientLogin"];
NSMutableURLRequest* authRequest = [[NSMutableURLRequest alloc] initWithURL:authUrl];
[authRequest setHTTPMethod:@"POST"];
[authRequest setValue:@"application/x-www-form-urlencoded" forHTTPHeaderField:@"Content-type"];
[authRequest setHTTPBody:[content dataUsingEncoding:NSASCIIStringEncoding]];

NSHTTPURLResponse* authResponse;
NSError* authError;
NSData * authData = [NSURLConnection sendSynchronousRequest:authRequest returningResponse:&authResponse error:&authError];  

NSString *authResponseBody = [[NSString alloc] initWithData:authData encoding:NSASCIIStringEncoding];

//loop through response body which is key=value pairs, seperated by \n. The code below is not optimal and certainly error prone. 
NSArray *lines = [authResponseBody componentsSeparatedByString:@"\n"];
NSMutableDictionary* token = [NSMutableDictionary dictionary];
for (NSString* s in lines) {
    NSArray* kvpair = [s componentsSeparatedByString:@"="];
    if ([kvpair count]>1)
        [token setObject:[kvpair objectAtIndex:1] forKey:[kvpair objectAtIndex:0]];

//if google returned an error in the body [google returns Error=Bad Authentication in the body. which is weird, not sure if they use status codes]
if ([token objectForKey:@"Error"]) {
    //handle error

The next step is to get your app running on google app engine to give you the ASCID cookie. I'm not sure why there is this extra step, it seems to be an issue on google's end and probably why GAE is not currently in their listed obj-c google data api library. My tests show I have to request the cookie in order sync with GAE. Also, notice I don't do anything with the cookie. It seems just by requesting it and getting cookied, future requests will automatically contain the cookie. I'm not sure if this is an iphone thing bc my app is an iphone app but I don't fully understand what is happening with this cookie. NOTE: the use of "myapp.appspot.com".

NSURL* cookieUrl = [NSURL URLWithString:[NSString stringWithFormat:@"http://myapp.appspot.com/_ah/login?continue=http://myapp.appspot.com/&auth=%@", [token objectForKey:@"Auth"]]];
    NSLog([cookieUrl description]);
    NSHTTPURLResponse* cookieResponse;
    NSError* cookieError;
    NSMutableURLRequest *cookieRequest = [[NSMutableURLRequest alloc] initWithURL:cookieUrl];

    [cookieRequest setHTTPMethod:@"GET"];

    NSData* cookieData = [NSURLConnection sendSynchronousRequest:cookieRequest returningResponse:&cookieResponse error:&cookieError];   

Finally, I can post json to my gae app. NOTE: the snippet below is an async request. We can handle responses by implementing didReceiveResponse, didReceiveData, didFailWIthError.

NSURL* url = [NSURL URLWithString:[NSString stringWithFormat:@"http://myapp.appspot.com/addRun?auth=%@", mytoken]];
    NSMutableURLRequest* request = [[NSMutableURLRequest alloc] initWithURL:url];
    [request setHTTPMethod:@"POST"];
    [request setHTTPBody:@"my http body";

    NSURLConnection *connectionResponse = [[NSURLConnection alloc] initWithRequest:request delegate:self];
    if (!connectionResponse) {
        NSLog(@"Failed to submit request");
    } else {
        NSLog(@"Request submitted");
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