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I'm trying to get data from a website by sending a HTTP GET request via AT commands for the ESP8266. Here is my current code:

#include <SoftwareSerial.h>

const byte rxPin = 2;
const byte txPin = 3;

SoftwareSerial ESP8266 (rxPin, txPin);

void setup() {
  Serial.begin(9600);   
  ESP8266.begin(9600);
  delay(2000);
}

void printResponse() {
  while (ESP8266.available()) {
    Serial.println(ESP8266.readStringUntil('\n')); 
  }
}

void loop() {

  ESP8266.println("AT+CIPMUX=1");
  delay(1000);
  printResponse();

  ESP8266.println("AT+CIPSTART=4,\"TCP\",\"192.168.1.19\",80");
  delay(1000);
  printResponse();

  String cmd = "GET /test.html HTTP/1.1";
  ESP8266.println("AT+CIPSEND=4," + String(cmd.length() + 4));
  delay(1000);

  ESP8266.println(cmd);
  delay(1000);
  ESP8266.println();
  delay(1000);
  printResponse();

  delay(5000);
}

Running this code I get the following response:

AT+CIPMUX=1

OK
AT+CIPSTART=4,"TCP","192.168.1.19",80
4,CONNECT

OK
AT+CIPSEND=4,27

OK
> 
Recv 27 bytes

SEND OK

+IPD,4,

It looks like it gets a response, but nothing is printed.

I tried doing the same thing by sending the AT commands manually using this code:

#include <SoftwareSerial.h>

const byte rxPin = 2;
const byte txPin = 3;
SoftwareSerial ESP8266 (rxPin, txPin);

void setup() {
  Serial.begin(9600);
  ESP8266.begin(9600);
}

void loop() {
  if (ESP8266.available()) {
    Serial.write(ESP8266.read());
  }
  if (Serial.available()) {
    ESP8266.write(Serial.read());
  }
}

With this approach I actually get a response:

AT+CIPMUX=1

OK
AT+CIPSTART=4,"TCP","192.168.1.19",80
4,CONNECT

OK
AT+CIPSEND=4,27

OK
> 
Recv 27 bytes

SEND OK

+IPD,4,275:HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 20:20:47 GMT
Server: Apache/2.4.23 (Win64) PHP/5.6.25
Last-Modified: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 19:37:22 GMT
ETag: "13-5444465f69339"
Accept-Ranges: bytes
Content-Length: 19
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/html

THIS IS MY WEBSITE!4,CLOSED

Does anyone know what is happening and how I can get this to work with my Arduino code?

Other ways to get data from a website are also welcome.

  • This has been bugging me for days - it seems to simple! Since you don't have any replies that, here's my suggestion: is your printResponse() function working as expected? It relies on all the data being available at the time time (more or less) and on it ending with a \n. If it comes a bit at a time, it'll terminate early. If the data doesn't end with a \n it will never end. – Mark Smith Dec 25 '16 at 16:43
  • I'm studying the esp and the at commands and I can't seem to figure out the cipsend get request, I wonder if its because of the data length, I saw u summd 4 in the end of the length, is it because of the \r\n, or why is it? thanks – Rodolfo Albuquerque Sep 12 '17 at 18:19
  • @RodolfoAlbuquerque Yes, as far as i can remember, the extra 4 bytes are for the "\r\n". – Henrik Sep 13 '17 at 20:59
  • hey I am trying your code but i am getting the whole css html file not the main contain. – Pawan Behera Jul 22 '18 at 13:18
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As pointed out in the first comment, my printResponse() function was not working correctly when waiting for a response from a website. I changed my code to the following, and now it seems to work every time.

#include <SoftwareSerial.h>

const byte rxPin = 2;
const byte txPin = 3;

SoftwareSerial ESP8266 (rxPin, txPin);

unsigned long lastTimeMillis = 0;

void setup() {
  Serial.begin(9600);   
  ESP8266.begin(9600);
  delay(2000);
}

void printResponse() {
  while (ESP8266.available()) {
    Serial.println(ESP8266.readStringUntil('\n')); 
  }
}

void loop() {

  if (millis() - lastTimeMillis > 30000) {
    lastTimeMillis = millis();

    ESP8266.println("AT+CIPMUX=1");
    delay(1000);
    printResponse();

    ESP8266.println("AT+CIPSTART=4,\"TCP\",\"192.168.1.19\",80");
    delay(1000);
    printResponse();

    String cmd = "GET /test.html HTTP/1.1";
    ESP8266.println("AT+CIPSEND=4," + String(cmd.length() + 4));
    delay(1000);

    ESP8266.println(cmd);
    delay(1000);
    ESP8266.println(""); 
  }

  if (ESP8266.available()) {
    Serial.write(ESP8266.read());
  }

}

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