Latest 1.0.0
License zlib
Platforms ios 6.0, osx 10.6, requires ARC
Frameworks Security


HMCertificatePinning is a class designed to simplify SSL Certificate Pinning in Objective-C. It provides helper methods to handle
NSURLConnectionDelegate and NSURLSession methods responsible for handling SSL handshake(Read below). In addition to these methods it
provides methods to extract fields such as sha1/MD5 fingerprints, public keys from a certificate.

Supported OS & SDK Versions

HMCertificatePinning works from iOS 6 and above.

ARC Compatibility

HMCertificatePinning requires ARC. If you wish to use HMCertificatePinning in a non-ARC project, just add the -fobjc-arc compiler flag to the HMCertificatePinning.m class. To do this, go to the Build Phases tab in your target settings, open the Compile Sources group, double-click HMCertificatePinning.m in the list and type -fobjc-arc into the popover.

Thread Safety

HMCertificatePinning is completely thread safe.


  • Cocoapods

CocoaPods is the recommended way to add HMCertificatePinning to your project.

    Add a pod entry for HMCertificatePinning to your Podfile pod 'HMCertificatePinning', '~> 1.0.0'
    Install the pod(s) by running pod install.
    Include HMCertificatePinning wherever you need it with #import "HMCertificatePinning.h".
  • Source files

To use HMCertificatePinning in an app, just drag the HMCertificatePinning class files into your project and add the Security framework.


  • Using NSURLConnection

You need to implement two methods of NSURLConnectionDelegate. The methods are - (BOOL)connection:(NSURLConnection *)connection canAuthenticateAgainstProtectionSpace:(NSURLProtectionSpace *)protectionSpace
and - (void)connection:(NSURLConnection *)connection didReceiveAuthenticationChallenge:(NSURLAuthenticationChallenge *)challenge.
In the first method you should return, whether the client should authenticate against protection space, and in the second you should evaluate the received challange.
To Evaluate the challenge, HMCertificatePinning provides a method + (BOOL)shouldTrustProtectionSpace:(NSURLProtectionSpace *)protectionSpace localCertPath:(NSString *) certPath, which returns a boolean.
Here is an example for how you can use this.

    - (BOOL)connection:(NSURLConnection *)connection canAuthenticateAgainstProtectionSpace:(NSURLProtectionSpace *)protectionSpace
        return [protectionSpace.authenticationMethod isEqualToString:NSURLAuthenticationMethodServerTrust];
    - (void)connection:(NSURLConnection *)connection didReceiveAuthenticationChallenge:(NSURLAuthenticationChallenge *)challenge
        if ([self shouldTrustProtectionSpace:challenge.protectionSpace]) {
            [challenge.sender useCredential:[NSURLCredential credentialForTrust:challenge.protectionSpace.serverTrust] forAuthenticationChallenge:challenge];
        } else {
            [challenge.sender performDefaultHandlingForAuthenticationChallenge:challenge];
    - (BOOL)shouldTrustProtectionSpace:(NSURLProtectionSpace *)protectionSpace
        // Load up the bundled certificate.
        NSString *certPath = [[NSBundle mainBundle] pathForResource:@"mycert" ofType:@"cer"];
        BOOL flag = [HMCertificatePinning shouldTrustProtectionSpace:protectionSpace localCertPath:certPath];
        return flag;
  • Using NSURLSession

You need to implement - (void)URLSession:(NSURLSession *)session didReceiveChallenge:(NSURLAuthenticationChallenge *)challenge completionHandler:(void (^)(NSURLSessionAuthChallengeDisposition, NSURLCredential *))completionHandler of NSURLSessionDelegate.
Here is an example of how you would do it.

    - (void)URLSession:(NSURLSession *)session didReceiveChallenge:(NSURLAuthenticationChallenge *)challenge completionHandler:(void (^)(NSURLSessionAuthChallengeDisposition, NSURLCredential *))completionHandler
            // Loading bundled certificate.
            NSString *certPath = [[NSBundle mainBundle] pathForResource:@"mycert" ofType:@"cer"];
            BOOL flag = [HMCertificatePinning shouldTrustAuthenticationChallenge:challenge localCertPath:certPath];
            if (flag) {
                NSURLCredential *credential =
                [NSURLCredential credentialForTrust:
                completionHandler(NSURLSessionAuthChallengeCancelAuthenticationChallenge, nil);

Latest podspec

    "name": "HMCertificatePinning",
    "version": "1.0.0",
    "license": {
        "type": "zlib",
        "file": ""
    "summary": "A class designed to simplify SSL Certificate Pinning in Objective-C",
    "homepage": "",
    "authors": {
        "Hussein Mkwizu": " "
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "1.0.0"
    "source_files": "HMCertificatePinning/Classes/HMCertificatePinning.{h,m}",
    "requires_arc": true,
    "frameworks": "Security",
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "6.0",
        "osx": "10.6"

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