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Using http.get with the https protocol instead of http?

How would I connect to an api with http.get that uses the https protocol instead of http? When I tried to do this the normal way, I got a 301 status code.

May I ask which API are you trying to use?

I'm using the forecast.io API with Nodejs.

Not sure if you already tried this, but did you try any of those unofficial Node.JS wrapper libraries listed in the API docs?

Forecast API Docs

I'm doing this to practice. I looked at them for hints, but I don't really understand them.

1 Answer

Andrew Barrette
Andrew Barrette
Courses Plus Student 2,219 Points

I ran into this same issue. As you might expect, the http Node module does not handle https requests. If you look at the Node.js docs, you'll see a separate module for https.

In practice, what this means is that instead of:

var http = require('http');

you'll simply want to require the https module. Like so:

var https = require('https');

The basic reason for this (as far as I understand) is that https requests are handled in a different (more secure) way, so Node simply uses separate modules for each.