Using a custom socket factory with HttpClient

The documentation on how to use a custom socket factory in HttpClient is actually pretty good, but there’s one thing they don’t make very clear. If you want to specify a per-host socket factory like this:

Protocol p = new Protocol("https", new MySSLSocketFactory(), 443);
HttpClient httpclient = new HttpClient();
httpclient.getHostConfiguration().setHost("", 443, p);
GetMethod httpget = new GetMethod("/mypath");

you must specify a path and not the full URL in the GetMethod constructor. If you don’t, in other words, if you use a constructor like this:

GetMethod httpget = new GetMethod("");

the custom socket factory you specified in the host configuration will not be used.

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