unable to find valid certification path to requested target

This was the complete exception I encountered trying to post data to a https connection.

javax.net.ssl.SSLHandshakeException: sun.security.validator.ValidatorException: PKIX path building failed: sun.security.provider.certpath.SunCertPathBuilderException: unable to find valid certification path to requested target

I eventually found a lot of information on how to bypass or fix this issue. A quick fix is to implement a TrustManager accepting everything like this:

import java.security.cert.X509Certificate;

import javax.net.ssl.HostnameVerifier;
import javax.net.ssl.HttpsURLConnection;
import javax.net.ssl.SSLContext;
import javax.net.ssl.SSLSession;
import javax.net.ssl.TrustManager;
import javax.net.ssl.X509TrustManager;

// Create a trust manager that does not validate certificate chains
TrustManager[] trustAllCerts = new TrustManager[] {
new X509TrustManager() {
public X509Certificate[] getAcceptedIssuers() {
return null;

public void checkClientTrusted(X509Certificate[] certs, String authType) {
// Trust always

public void checkServerTrusted(X509Certificate[] certs, String authType) {
// Trust always

// Install the all-trusting trust manager
SSLContext sc = SSLContext.getInstance("SSL");
// Create empty HostnameVerifier
HostnameVerifier hv = new HostnameVerifier() {
public boolean verify(String arg0, SSLSession arg1) {
return true;

sc.init(null, trustAllCerts, new java.security.SecureRandom());

A better solution is to add the required certificate to your keystore. For more information on these solutions check this info.

I also found this rather outdated discussion. The linked utility is no longer available but it might be useful to read through the comments.

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