#3062 ✓closed
James Cooksey

MailMate makes HTTP request for external links

Reported by James Cooksey | April 22nd, 2022 @ 11:56 AM

When following an external link, it seems MailMate makes an HTTP request to the link URL a swell as handing it to the default browser.

I'm not sure the reason for this but it causes Little Snitch to pop up with a port 443 request to the link domain every time a link is clicked.

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  • Ngoc Pham

    Ngoc Pham April 22nd, 2022 @ 04:43 PM

    This is very interesting as I just filed a bug report to another app on similar behavior, and according to the owner, it's because of the WKWebView, which is being used now by Mailmate. https://github.com/glushchenko/fsnotes/issues/1330

  • benny

    benny April 27th, 2022 @ 12:37 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “closed”

    This is actually new to me. Does it happen when hovering the link or when clicking it?

    In the latter case then I think NSWorkspace is involved (and not WKWebView).

    In any case, I've changed the code to use a newer API to open URLs on macOS 10.15+. This might make a difference. I don't think there's anything else I can do.

  • Ngoc Pham

    Ngoc Pham April 27th, 2022 @ 01:56 PM

    Yeah this is when clicking the link And yes it's still happening with latest build 5892. Thanks for looking into this though. This is just weird.

  • James Cooksey

    James Cooksey April 27th, 2022 @ 07:21 PM

    I can confirm that it's only when clicking the link and still present in 5892.

    Is this something to do with OpenGraph? Is the OS trying to grab a sample image in the background or some meta data about the link?

  • James Cooksey

    James Cooksey April 27th, 2022 @ 07:24 PM

    On a side note, thanks to Ngoc for mentioning FSNotes. I've been looking for a new notes app for ages and it looks great. Was going to jump into Obsidian but this looks more open. Thanks!

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