What's the format/trick to programmatically calling the RSS Feed URL and passing the password

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    Asked on March 05, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    We've created a few web forms that are now collecting data. That's all working great, and JotForm makes this pretty easy. We've also created an RSS Feed so that we can retrieve the submissions. Due to the content on the forms, we needed to set a password on the RSS Feed. I'm struggling to pass that password programmatically to the RSS Feed URL. I'm using VBA. Here's what I have, which I have to believe is only the right tweak away, but I don't know how to include the password to prevent the pop-up:

    Function GetHTTPResponse(url As String) As String

    Dim msXML As Object

       Set msXML = CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP")
       With msXML
          .Open "Get", url, False
          '.Open "Get", url, False, "", "thepassword" '(this did not work)
          '.setRequestHeader "Content-Type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded"
          '.setRequestHeader "Authorization", "Basic thepassword" '(this did not work)
          GetHTTPResponse = .responseText
       End With
       Set msXML = Nothing

    End Function

    Any ideas, thoughts, comments, etc, would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Mark


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    Answered on March 05, 2016 at 08:12 PM

    Hey Mark, could you please try using the link with the passKey URL parameter.

    For example, if your RSS feed was behind the following URL:


    And if your password was test12

    You would be using the following link to access the RSS feed directly:


    Please try it out, and let us know how it goes. If you run into any issues along the way, we are here to help. :)

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    Answered on March 05, 2016 at 08:27 PM

    THANK YOU Boris!!! I had the feeling it was a syntax issue. I tried a couple variations that I saw on the net, but obviously not that one. It worked like a charm. Thanks again for your help!!!

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    Answered on March 05, 2016 at 09:37 PM

    You are most welcome, Mark, glad it helped. If you ever run into a similar issue in the future, you can try right-clicking on the password field and using your browser's Developer Tools to inspect the element.

    It will show the password field's name, which can usually / sometimes be used as an URL parameter. Here is how inspecting the password field on the RSS Report looks like:

    If there is anything else we can help you, we are always just a support thread away.