TChilkatUpload Delphi ActiveX Reference Documentation

TChilkatUpload

Chilkat Upload is a freeware component that can be used to upload files over HTTP and HTTPS to a web server.

  • Supports both HTTP and HTTPS protocols.
  • Progress monitoring with percentage completion and "heartbeat" monitoring.
  • Abort capability.
  • Asynchronous uploads with real-time monitoring of percentage completion and number of bytes transferred.
  • Add arbitrary HTTP POST form parameters to your upload.
  • Upload multiple files in a single transaction.
  • Add arbitrary (custom) HTTP header fields to the HTTP upload.
  • Retrieve the HTTP response status, header, and body returned by the web server.

Importing the Chilkat ActiveX into Delphi

Important: Whenever upgrading to a new version of Chilkat, make sure to re-imported ActiveX DLL into Delphi to regenerate the files described below.

Two things are required to use an ActiveX in Delphi:

  1. The ActiveX DLL needs to be registered via regsvr32 on the system where the Delphi application runs. See How To Register ActiveX DLLs for detailed information.
  2. The ActiveX component needs to be "imported". Use the Delphi Import Component Wizard to import the Chilkat type library. This creates the following files: Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB.pas and Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB.dcr. The Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB.pas should be added to your project.

To import the Chilkat type library, do the following:

  1. In the Delphi RAD Studio, select the menu item "Component" --> "Import a Type Library".
  2. Find "Chilkat ActiveX v9.5.0" in the list and select it. This will only appear in the list if the ChilkatAx-9.5.0-win32.dll (or ChilkatAx-9.5.0-x64.dll) has been registered w/ regsvr32.
  3. Check the "Generate Component Wrappers" checkbox.
  4. Select a directory where the unit files (.pas and .dcr) will be generated.
  5. Select "Create Unit" and then "Finish".
  6. Add the .pas to your Delphi project.

To use a Chilkat ActiveX object in your Delphi code, add "Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB" to the "uses" statement. For example:

uses
  Winapi.Windows, Winapi.Messages, System.SysUtils, System.Variants, System.Classes, Vcl.Graphics,
  Vcl.Controls, Vcl.Forms, Vcl.Dialogs, Vcl.StdCtrls, Chilkat_v9_5_0_TLB;

Object Creation

var
obj: TChilkatUpload;
...
begin
obj := TChilkatUpload.Create(Self);
...
// When finished, free the object instance.
obj.Free();

Properties

property AbortCurrent: Integer

Introduced in version 9.5.0.58

When set to 1, causes the currently running method to abort. Methods that always finish quickly (i.e.have no length file operations or network communications) are not affected. If no method is running, then this property is automatically reset to 0 when the next method is called. When the abort occurs, this property is reset to 0. Both synchronous and asynchronous method calls can be aborted. (A synchronous method call could be aborted by setting this property from a separate thread.)

property BandwidthThrottleUp: Integer

Introduced in version 9.5.0.49

If non-zero, limits (throttles) the upload bandwidth to approximately this maximum number of bytes per second. The default value of this property is 0.

Bandwidth Throttled Asynchronous HTTP Upload

property ChunkSize: Integer

The chunk size (in bytes) used by the underlying TCP/IP sockets for uploading files. The default value is 65535.

property ClientIpAddress: WideString

Introduced in version 9.5.0.49

The IP address to use for computers with multiple network interfaces or IP addresses. For computers with a single network interface (i.e. most computers), this property should not be set. For multihoming computers, the default IP address is automatically used if this property is not set.

The IP address is a string such as in dotted notation using numbers, not domain names, such as "165.164.55.124".

property DebugLogFilePath: WideString

If set to a file path, causes each Chilkat method or property call to automatically append it's LastErrorText to the specified log file. The information is appended such that if a hang or crash occurs, it is possible to see the context in which the problem occurred, as well as a history of all Chilkat calls up to the point of the problem. The VerboseLogging property can be set to provide more detailed information.

This property is typically used for debugging the rare cases where a Chilkat method call hangs or generates an exception that halts program execution (i.e. crashes). A hang or crash should generally never happen. The typical causes of a hang are:

  1. a timeout related property was set to 0 to explicitly indicate that an infinite timeout is desired,
  2. the hang is actually a hang within an event callback (i.e. it is a hang within the application code), or
  3. there is an internal problem (bug) in the Chilkat code that causes the hang.

property Expect100Continue: Integer

When 1, the request header will included an "Expect: 100-continue" header field. This indicates that the server should respond with an intermediate response of "100 Continue" or "417 Expectation Failed" response based on the information available in the request header. This helps avoid situations such as limits on upload sizes. It allows the server to reject the upload, and then the client can abort prior to uploading the data.

The default value of this property is 1.

property HeartbeatMs: Integer

This property is only valid in programming environment and languages that allow for event callbacks.

Specifies the time interval in milliseconds between AbortCheck events. An Upload operation can be aborted via the AbortCheck event.

property Hostname: WideString

The hostname of the HTTP server that is the target of the upload. Do not include "http://" in the hostname. It can be a hostname, such as "www.chilkatsoft.com", or an IP address, such as "168.144.70.227".

property IdleTimeoutMs: Integer

A timeout in milliseconds. The default value is 30000. If the upload hangs (i.e. progress halts) for more than this time, the component will abort the upload. (It will timeout.)

property LastBinaryResult: OleVariant readonly

Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

The binary data returned by the last (binary data returning) method called. Only available if Chilkat.Global.KeepBinaryResult is set to 1. This provides a means for obtaining large varbinary results in the SQL Server environment (where limitations exist in getting large amounts of data returned by method calls, but where temp tables can be used for binary properties).

property LastErrorHtml: WideString readonly

Provides information in HTML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

property LastErrorText: WideString readonly

Provides information in plain-text format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

property LastErrorXml: WideString readonly

Provides information in XML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

property LastMethodSuccess: Integer

Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

Indicate whether the last method call succeeded or failed. A value of 1 indicates success, a value of 0 indicates failure. This property is automatically set for method calls. It is not modified by property accesses. The property is automatically set to indicate success for the following types of method calls:

  • Any method that returns a string.
  • Any method returning a Chilkat object, binary bytes, or a date/time.
  • Any method returning a standard boolean status value where success = 1 and failure = 0.
  • Any method returning an integer where failure is defined by a return value less than zero.

Note: Methods that do not fit the above requirements will always set this property equal to 1. For example, a method that returns no value (such as a "void" in C++) will technically always succeed.

property LastStringResult: WideString readonly

Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

The string return value of the last (string returning) method called. Only available if Chilkat.Global.KeepStringResult is set to 1. This provides a means for obtaining large string results in the SQL Server environment (where limitations exist in getting long strings returned by method calls, but where temp tables can be used for string properties).

Long Strings Returned by ActiveX Methods in SQL Server

property LastStringResultLen: Integer readonly

Introduced in version 9.5.0.53

The length, in characters, of the string contained in the LastStringResult property.

property Login: WideString

The HTTP login for sites requiring authentication. Chilkat Upload supports Basic HTTP authentication.

property NumBytesSent: Integer readonly

After an upload has completed, this property contains the number of bytes sent. During asynchronous uploads, this property contains the current number of bytes sent while the upload is in progress.

property Password: WideString

The HTTP password for sites requiring authentication. Chilkat Upload supports Basic HTTP authentication.

property Path: WideString

The path part of the upload URL. Some examples:

If the upload target (i.e. consumer) URL is: http://www.freeaspupload.net/freeaspupload/testUpload.asp, then

Hostname = "www.freeaspupload.net" Path = "/freeaspupload/testUpload.asp"
If the upload target URL is http://www.chilkatsoft.com/cgi-bin/ConsumeUpload.exe, then
Hostname = "www.chilkatsoft.com" Path = "/cgi-bin/ConsumeUpload.exe"

property PercentDoneScale: Integer

Introduced in version 9.5.0.49

This property is only valid in programming environment and languages that allow for event callbacks.

Sets the value to be defined as 100% complete for the purpose of PercentDone event callbacks. The defaut value of 100 means that at most 100 event PercentDone callbacks will occur in a method that (1) is event enabled and (2) is such that it is possible to measure progress as a percentage completed. This property may be set to larger numbers to get more fine-grained PercentDone callbacks. For example, setting this property equal to 1000 will provide callbacks with .1 percent granularity. For example, a value of 453 would indicate 45.3% competed. This property is clamped to a minimum value of 10, and a maximum value of 100000.

property PercentUploaded: Integer readonly

Contains the current percentage completion (0 to 100) while an asynchronous upload is in progress.

property Port: Integer

The port number of the upload target (i.e. consumer) URL. The default value is 80. If SSL is used, this should be set to 443 (typically).

property PreferIpv6: Integer

If 1, then use IPv6 over IPv4 when both are supported for a particular domain. The default value of this property is 0, which will choose IPv4 over IPv6.

property ProxyDomain: WideString

The domain name of a proxy host if an HTTP proxy is used. Do not include the "http://". The domain name may be a hostname, such as "www.chilkatsoft.com", or an IP address, such as "168.144.70.227".

HTTP Upload using a Proxy Server Example

property ProxyLogin: WideString

If an HTTP proxy is used and it requires authentication, this property specifies the HTTP proxy login.

property ProxyPassword: WideString

If an HTTP proxy is used and it requires authentication, this property specifies the HTTP proxy password.

property ProxyPort: Integer

The port number of a proxy server if an HTTP proxy is used.

property ResponseBody: OleVariant readonly

An HTTP upload is nothing more than an HTTP POST that contains the content of the files being uploaded. Just as with any HTTP POST or GET, the server should send an HTTP response that consists of header and body.

This property contains the body part of the HTTP response.

property ResponseHeader: WideString readonly

An HTTP upload is nothing more than an HTTP POST that contains the content of the files being uploaded. Just as with any HTTP POST or GET, the server should send an HTTP response that consists of header and body.

This property contains the header part of the HTTP response.

property ResponseStatus: Integer readonly

The HTTP response status code of the HTTP response. A list of HTTP status codes can be found here: HTTP Response Status Codes.

property Ssl: Integer

Set this to 1 if the upload is to HTTPS. For example, if the target of the upload is:

https://www.myuploadtarget.com/consumeUpload.asp

then set:

Ssl = 1
Hostname = "www.myuploadtarget.com"
Path = "/consumeupload.asp"
Port = 443

property SslAllowedCiphers: WideString

Introduced in version 9.5.0.55

Provides a means for setting a list of ciphers that are allowed for SSL/TLS connections. The default (empty string) indicates that all implemented ciphers are possible. The TLS ciphers supported in Chilkat v9.5.0.55 and later are:

TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA
TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA256
TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384
TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA256
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256
TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256
TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA
TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_MD5
TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA
TLS_RSA_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA
To restrict SSL/TLS connections to one or more specific ciphers, set this property to a comma-separated list of ciphers such as "TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384, TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384". The order should be in terms of preference, with the preferred algorithms listed first. (Note that the client cannot specifically choose the algorithm is picked because it is the server that chooses. The client simply provides the server with a list from which to choose.)

The property can also disallow connections with servers having certificates with RSA keys less than a certain size. By default, server certificates having RSA keys of 512 bits or greater are allowed. Add the keyword "rsa1024" to disallow connections with servers having keys smaller than 1024 bits. Add the keyword "rsa2048" to disallow connections with servers having keys smaller than 2048 bits.

Note: Prior to Chilkat v9.5.0.55, it was not possible to explicitly list allowed cipher suites. The deprecated means for indicating allowed ciphers was both incomplete and unprecise. For example, the following keywords could be listed to allow matching ciphers: "aes256-cbc", "aes128-cbc", "3des-cbc", and "rc4". These keywords will still be recognized, but programs should be updated to explicitly list the allowed ciphers.

secure-renegotiation: Starting in Chilkat v9.5.0.55, the keyword "secure-renegotiation" may be added to require that all renegotions be done securely (as per RFC 5746).

best-practices: Starting in Chilkat v9.5.0.55, this property may be set to the single keyword "best-practices". This will allow ciphers based on the current best practices. As new versions of Chilkat are released, the best practices may change. Changes will be noted here. The current best practices are:

  • If the server uses an RSA key, it must be 1024 bits or greater.
  • All renegotations must be secure renegotiations.
  • All ciphers using RC4, DES, or 3DES are disallowed.

Example: The following string would restrict to 2 specific cipher suites, require RSA keys to be 1024 bits or greater, and require secure renegotiations: "TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA256, TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA, rsa1024, secure-renegotiation"

property SslProtocol: WideString

Introduced in version 9.5.0.55

Selects the secure protocol to be used for secure (SSL/TLS) connections. Possible values are:

default
TLS 1.2
TLS 1.1
TLS 1.0
SSL 3.0
TLS 1.2 or higher
TLS 1.1 or higher
TLS 1.0 or higher
The default value is "default" which will choose the, which allows for the protocol to be selected dynamically at runtime based on the requirements of the server. Choosing an exact protocol will cause the connection to fail unless that exact protocol is negotiated. It is better to choose "X or higher" than an exact protocol. The "default" is effectively "SSL 3.0 or higher".

property TlsPinSet: WideString

Introduced in version 9.5.0.55

Specifies a set of pins for Public Key Pinning for TLS connections. This property lists the expected SPKI fingerprints for the server certificates. If the server's certificate (sent during the TLS handshake) does not match any of the SPKI fingerprints, then the TLS handshake is aborted and the connection fails. The format of this string property is as follows:

hash_algorithm, encoding, SPKI_fingerprint_1, SPKI_fingerprint_2, ...
For example, the following string specifies a single sha256 base64-encoded SPKI fingerprint:
"sha256, base64, lKg1SIqyhPSK19tlPbjl8s02yChsVTDklQpkMCHvsTE="
This example specifies two SPKI fingerprints:
"sha256, base64, 4t37LpnGmrMEAG8HEz9yIrnvJV2euVRwCLb9EH5WZyI=, 68b0G5iqMvWVWvUCjMuhLEyekM5729PadtnU5tdXZKs="
Any of the following hash algorithms are allowed:.sha1, sha256, sha384, sha512, md2, md5, haval, ripemd128, ripemd160,ripemd256, or ripemd320.

The following encodings are allowed: base64, hex, and any of the encodings indicated in the link below.

Encodings Supported by Chilkat

property TotalUploadSize: Integer readonly

The total size of the upload (in bytes). This property will become set at the beginning of an asynchronous upload. A program may monitor asynchronous uploads by tracking both NumBytesSent and PercentUploaded.

This property is also set during synchronous uploads.

property UploadInProgress: Integer readonly

Set to 1 when an asynchronous upload is started. When the asynchronous upload is complete, this property becomes equal to 0. A program will typically begin an asynchronous upload by calling BeginUpload, and then periodically checking the value of this property to determine when the upload is complete.

property UploadSuccess: Integer readonly

Set to 1 (success) or 0 (failed) after an asynchronous upload completes or aborts due to failure. When a program does an asynchronous upload, it will wait until UploadInProgress becomes 0. It will then check the value of this property to determine if the upload was successful or not.

property VerboseLogging: Integer

If set to 1, then the contents of LastErrorText (or LastErrorXml, or LastErrorHtml) may contain more verbose information. The default value is 0. Verbose logging should only be used for debugging. The potentially large quantity of logged information may adversely affect peformance.

property Version: WideString readonly

Version of the component/library, such as "9.4.1.42"

Methods

procedure AbortUpload();

May be called during an asynchronous upload to abort.

procedure AddCustomHeader(name: WideString; value: WideString);

Adds a custom HTTP header to the HTTP upload.

procedure AddFileReference(name: WideString; filename: WideString);

Adds a file to the list of files to be uploaded in the next call to BlockingUpload, BeginUpload, or UploadToMemory. To upload more than one file, call this method once for each file to be uploaded.

procedure AddParam(name: WideString; value: WideString);

Adds a custom HTTP request parameter to the upload.

function BeginUpload(): Integer;

Starts an asynchronous upload. Only one asynchronous upload may be in progress at a time. To achieve multiple asynchronous uploads, use multiple instances of the Chilkat Upload object. Each object instance is capable of managing a single asynchronous upload.

When this method is called, a background thread is started and the asynchronous upload runs in the background. The upload may be aborted at any time by calling AbortUpload. The upload is completed (or failed) when UploadInProgress becomes 0. At that point, the UploadSuccess property may be checked to determine success (1) or failure (0).

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

Debugging HTTP Upload

Asynchronous HTTPS Upload Example

function BlockingUpload(): Integer;

Uploads files to a web server using HTTP. The files to be uploaded are indicated by calling AddFileReference once for each file (prior to calling this method).

Returns 1 for success, 0 for failure.

Debugging HTTP Upload

IIS 7.0 Upload Size Limitations

IIS 6.0 Upload Size Limitations

BlockingUpload Example

function BlockingUploadAsync(): TChilkatTask;

Creates an asynchronous task to call the BlockingUpload method with the arguments provided. (Async methods are available starting in Chilkat v9.5.0.52.)

Note: Async method event callbacks happen in the background thread. Accessing and updating UI elements existing in the main thread may require special considerations.

How to Run an Asynchronous Task

procedure ClearFileReferences();

Clears the internal list of files created by calls to AddFileReference.

procedure ClearParams();

Clears the internal list of params created by calls to AddParam.

procedure SleepMs(millisec: Integer);

A convenience method for putting the calling process to sleep for N milliseconds. It is provided here because some programming languages do not provide this capability, and sleeping for short increments of time is helpful when doing asynchronous uploads.

function UploadToMemory(): OleVariant;

Writes the complete HTTP POST to memory. The POST contains the HTTP header, any custom params added by calling AddParam, and each file to be uploaded. This is helpful in debugging. It allows you to see the exact HTTP POST sent to the server if BlockingUpload or BeginUpload is called.

Returns a zero-length byte array (as an OleVariant) on failure.
An empty array will have a VarArrayHighBound of -1 meaning 0 elements.

Events

procedure AbortCheck(ASender: TObject; out abort: Integer);

Provides the opportunity for a method call to be aborted. The AbortCheck event is fired periodically based on the value of the HeartbeatMs property. If HeartbeatMs is 0, then no AbortCheck events will fire. As an example, to fire 5 AbortCheck events per second, set the HeartbeatMs property equal to 200.

Delphi ActiveX Event callback implementation:

procedure TForm1.uploadAbortCheck(ASender: TObject;  out abort: Integer);
begin
    // Application code goes here...
end;


procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  upload: TChilkatUpload;

begin
  upload := TChilkatUpload.Create(Self);
  upload.OnAbortCheck := uploadAbortCheck;
  // ...

procedure PercentDone(ASender: TObject; pctDone: Integer; out abort: Integer);

Provides the percentage completed for any method that involves network communications or time-consuming processing (assuming it is a method where a percentage completion can be measured). This event is only fired when it is possible to know a percentage completion, and when it makes sense to express the operation as a percentage completed. The pctDone argument will have a value from 1 to 100. For operations (Chilkat method calls) that complete very quickly, the number of PercentDone callbacks will vary, but the final callback should have a value of 100. For long running operations, no more than one callback per percentage point will occur (for example: 1, 2, 3, ... 98, 99, 100).

The PercentDone callback counts as an AbortCheck event. For method calls that complete quickly such that PercentDone events fire, it may be that AbortCheck events don't fire because the opportunity to abort is already provided in the PercentDone callback. For time consuming operations, where the amount of time between PercentDone callbacks are long, AbortCheck callbacks may be used to allow for the operation to be aborted in a more responsive manner.

The abort output argument provides a means for aborting the operation. Setting it to 1 will cause the method to abort and return a failed status (or whatever return value indicates failure).

Delphi ActiveX Event callback implementation:

procedure TForm1.uploadPercentDone(ASender: TObject;  pctDone: Integer; out abort: Integer);
begin
    // Application code goes here...
end;


procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  upload: TChilkatUpload;

begin
  upload := TChilkatUpload.Create(Self);
  upload.OnPercentDone := uploadPercentDone;
  // ...

procedure ProgressInfo(ASender: TObject; const name: WideString; const value: WideString);

A general name/value event that provides information about what is happening during a method call. To find out what information is available, write code to handle this event and log the name/value pairs. Most are self-explanatory.

Delphi ActiveX Event callback implementation:

procedure TForm1.uploadProgressInfo(ASender: TObject;  const name: WideString; const value: WideString);
begin
    // Application code goes here...
end;


procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  upload: TChilkatUpload;

begin
  upload := TChilkatUpload.Create(Self);
  upload.OnProgressInfo := uploadProgressInfo;
  // ...

procedure TaskCompleted(ASender: TObject; const task: IChilkatTask);

Called in the background thread when an asynchronous task completes.

Delphi TaskCompleted Event Callback Example

Delphi ActiveX Event callback implementation:

procedure TForm1.uploadTaskCompleted(ASender: TObject;  const task: IChilkatTask);
begin
    // Application code goes here...
end;


procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  upload: TChilkatUpload;

begin
  upload := TChilkatUpload.Create(Self);
  upload.OnTaskCompleted := uploadTaskCompleted;
  // ...