This is a simple example that uses HttpClient to perform a GET using Basic Authentication.

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import org.apache.commons.httpclient.HttpClient;
import org.apache.commons.httpclient.UsernamePasswordCredentials;
import org.apache.commons.httpclient.auth.AuthScope;
import org.apache.commons.httpclient.methods.GetMethod;

 * A simple example that uses HttpClient to perform a GET using Basic
 * Authentication. Can be run standalone without parameters.
 * You need to have JSSE on your classpath for JDK prior to 1.4
 * @author Michael Becke
public class BasicAuthenticationExample {
     * Constructor for BasicAuthenticatonExample.
    public BasicAuthenticationExample() {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        HttpClient client = new HttpClient();
        // pass our credentials to HttpClient, they will only be used for
        // authenticating to servers with realm "realm" on the host
        // "", to authenticate against an arbitrary realm 
        // or host change the appropriate argument to null.
                new AuthScope("", 443, "realm"),
                new UsernamePasswordCredentials("username", "password")
        // create a GET method that reads a file over HTTPS, 
        // we're assuming that this file requires basic 
        // authentication using the realm above.
        GetMethod get = new GetMethod(
        // Tell the GET method to automatically handle authentication. The
        // method will use any appropriate credentials to handle basic
        // authentication requests.  Setting this value to false will cause
        // any request for authentication to return with a status of 401.
        // It will then be up to the client to handle the authentication.
        get.setDoAuthentication( true );
        try {
            // execute the GET
            int status = client.executeMethod( get );
            // print the status and response
            System.out.println(status + "\n" + 
        } finally {
            // release any connection resources used by the method

Source: Apache HttpClient