iOS Tutorial In-App Purchase Receipt Validation

Hello Everyone, after trying so many different things and different php scripts, I finally found one that seems to give me the results I was looking for.

I needed a way to verify the transaction receipt from the In-app Purchases in an app i'm working on, below is what is needed in case anyone else needs to accomplish the same task.

A secure server is needed in order for the receipt information to be verified with App Store. For more info you can read this link.
The PHP script simply takes the receipt data passed from your app and send that data over to the App Store to be verified.

Note: The PHP Function that verifies the data takes two parameters, param1=receipt data param2=Boolean to Test with Sandbox and production, for testing purposes i have harcoded the second parameter to True since i am testing using the sandbox environment, once I am done testing and ready to go into production I will change the second parameter to False, I guess you can create another variable in the script which stores the second parameter and pass it to the function.


$rece = $_GET['receipt'];

verify_app_store_in_app($rece, true);

function verify_app_store_in_app($receipt, $is_sandbox)
   // echo 'sandbox: ' . $is_sandbox;
    //$sandbox should be TRUE if you want to test against itunes sandbox servers
    if ($is_sandbox)
        $verify_host = "ssl://";
        $verify_host = "ssl://";
    $receipt = base64_encode($receipt);
    $json ='{"receipt-data" : "'.$receipt.'" }';
    //opening socket to itunes
    $fp = fsockopen ($verify_host, 443, $errno, $errstr, 30);
    if (!$fp)
        // HTTP ERROR
        echo 'error' . $errno + ' ' . $errstr;
        return false;
        //iTune's request url is /verifyReceipt   
        $header = "POST /verifyReceipt HTTP/1.0\r\n";
        $header .= "Content-Type: application/json\r\n";
        $header .= "Content-Length: " . strlen($json) . "\r\n\r\n";
        fputs ($fp, $header . $json);
        $res = '';
        while (!feof($fp))
            $step_res = fgets ($fp, 1024);
            $res = $res . $step_res;
        fclose ($fp);
        //taking the JSON response
        $json_source = substr($res, stripos($res, "\r\n\r\n{") + 4);
        $app_store_response_map = json_decode($json_source);
        $app_store_response_status = $app_store_response_map->{'status'};
        if ($app_store_response_status == 0)//eithr OK or expired and needs to synch
            //here are some fields from the json, btw.
            $json_receipt = $app_store_response_map->{'receipt'};
            $transaction_id = $json_receipt->{'transaction_id'};
            $original_transaction_id = $json_receipt->{'original_transaction_id'};
            $json_latest_receipt = $app_store_response_map->{'latest_receipt_info'};
            echo json_encode($json_receipt);
            echo 'response: ' . $app_store_response_status;
            return false;

Once your purchase transaction is done on your app, you need to retrieve the Transaction Receipt with the following code
Dim no As NativeObject = Product
Dim b() As Byte = no.NSDataToArray(no.GetField("transactionReceipt"))
The product is returned from the following Sub
purchase_PurchaseCompleted (Success As Boolean, Product As Purchase)

Before continuing with your app and letting the user proceed to the purchase item/subscription etc.. you need to verify the receipt.
You need to place the php script in your own secure server and call it from within your app, Example:
Private request As HttpJob
Dim no As NativeObject = Product
Dim b() As Byte = no.NSDataToArray(no.GetField("transactionReceipt"))
Dim receipt As String = BytesToString(b, 0, b.Length, "UTF-8")
Dim su As StringUtils
receipt = su.EncodeUrl(receipt, "UTF-8")
request.Initialize("receiptvalidation", Me)
request.PostString(""&receipt, "")

If everything was set up correctly and the receipt data is validated you will get a json response that looks similar to the following:
    "original-purchase-date-pst" = "2019-12-23 22:39:20 America/Los_Angeles";
    "unique-identifier" = "7d77c782a8bfa8d278b54b25af40a90173c41be4";
    "original-transaction-id" = "1000000608447239";
    "bvrs" = "1.0.0";
    "transaction-id" = "1000000608914084";
    "quantity" = "1";
    "original-purchase-date-ms" = "1577169560000";
    "unique-vendor-identifier" = "FA977F38-A71E-41BD-AB2C-824999B5843E";
    "product-id" = "M1212902";
    "item-id" = "1492747143";
    "version-external-identifier" = "0";
    "is-in-intro-offer-period" = "false";
    "purchase-date-ms" = "1577327984236";
    "purchase-date" = "2019-12-26 02:39:44 Etc/GMT";
    "is-trial-period" = "false";
    "original-purchase-date" = "2019-12-24 06:39:20 Etc/GMT";
    "bid" = "genesis.a1reader";
    "purchase-date-pst" = "2019-12-25 18:39:44 America/Los_Angeles";

Hope this is helpful to many of you who are looking to validate in-app transaction receipts from your in-app purchases.

Happy Holidays All!

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