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How to call a web service from Android

By far the easiest way is to use the ksoap2-android API. You need the ksoap2 jar file (with all dependencies) which can be found here and you need to add this to your classpath. In the following sample code we call a free web service, called currency convertor, which has one operation (method) that is is called ConversionRate. If you look at the service dscription (the WSDL file), you will see that this operation takes two parameters, FromCurrency and ToCurrency. Lets say that we want to find out the conversion rate from USD to EUR. We implement the following Activity

package gr.panos.caller;

import java.io.IOException;

import org.ksoap2.SoapEnvelope;
import org.ksoap2.SoapFault;
import org.ksoap2.serialization.SoapObject;
import org.ksoap2.serialization.SoapPrimitive;
import org.ksoap2.serialization.SoapSerializationEnvelope;
import org.ksoap2.transport.HttpTransportSE;
import org.xmlpull.v1.XmlPullParserException;

import android.os.AsyncTask;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.app.Activity;
import android.widget.TextView;

public class ConvertorCaller extends Activity {

	public final static String URL = "http://www.webservicex.net/CurrencyConvertor.asmx";
	public static final String NAMESPACE = "http://www.webserviceX.NET/";
	public static final String SOAP_ACTION = "http://www.webserviceX.NET/ConversionRate";
	private static final String METHOD = "ConversionRate";
	private TextView textView;
	protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
		textView = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.textView1);
		AsyncTaskRunner runner = new AsyncTaskRunner();

	 private class AsyncTaskRunner extends AsyncTask<String, String, String>{

		 private String resp;

		protected String doInBackground(String... params) {
		     try {
		      SoapObject request = new SoapObject(NAMESPACE, METHOD);
		      request.addProperty("FromCurrency", "USD");
		      request.addProperty("ToCurrency", "EUR");

		      SoapSerializationEnvelope envelope = new SoapSerializationEnvelope(SoapEnvelope.VER11);
		      envelope.dotNet = true;
		      System.out.println("************ I AM SENDING: " + envelope.bodyOut);
		       HttpTransportSE transport = new HttpTransportSE(URL);
		       try {
		         transport.call(SOAP_ACTION, envelope);
		       } catch (IOException e) {
		       } catch (XmlPullParserException e) {
		   if (envelope.bodyIn != null) {
			   if (envelope.bodyIn instanceof SoapFault) {
				   String s = ((SoapFault) envelope.bodyIn).faultstring;
				   System.out.println("************ ERROR: " + s);
				   resp = s;
			   } else if (envelope.bodyIn instanceof SoapObject) {
				   SoapObject obj = ((SoapObject) envelope.bodyIn); 
				   System.out.println("**** RESPONSE: " +obj);
				   SoapPrimitive root = (SoapPrimitive) obj.getProperty(0);
				   System.out.println("**** CONVERSION RATE: " +root.toString());
				   resp = root.toString();
		 } catch (Exception e) {
		   resp = e.getMessage();
	     return resp;

		   * @see android.os.AsyncTask#onPostExecute(java.lang.Object)
		  protected void onPostExecute(String result) {
		   * @see android.os.AsyncTask#onPreExecute()
		  protected void onPreExecute() {
		   * @see android.os.AsyncTask#onProgressUpdate(Progress[])
		  protected void onProgressUpdate(String... text) {


You also need to define a text view in your layout as well as give the activity INTERNET permission in your manifest file.

  1. 31 July 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks for this post, it is very useful. I will use it in my next project.

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