JavaTM 2 Platform
Std. Ed. v1.3.1

java.net
Class HttpURLConnection

java.lang.Object
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public abstract class HttpURLConnection
extends URLConnection

A URLConnection with support for HTTP-specific features. See the spec for details.

Each HttpURLConnection instance is used to make a single request but the underlying network connection to the HTTP server may be transparently shared by other instances. Calling the close() methods on the InputStream or OutputStream of an HttpURLConnection after a request may free network resources associated with this instance but has no effect on any shared persistent connection. Calling the disconnect() method may close the underlying socket if a persistent connection is otherwise idle at that time.

Since:
JDK1.1
See Also:
disconnect()

Field Summary
static int HTTP_ACCEPTED
          HTTP Status-Code 202: Accepted.
static int HTTP_BAD_GATEWAY
          HTTP Status-Code 502: Bad Gateway.
static int HTTP_BAD_METHOD
          HTTP Status-Code 405: Method Not Allowed.
static int HTTP_BAD_REQUEST
          HTTP Status-Code 400: Bad Request.
static int HTTP_CLIENT_TIMEOUT
          HTTP Status-Code 408: Request Time-Out.
static int HTTP_CONFLICT
          HTTP Status-Code 409: Conflict.
static int HTTP_CREATED
          HTTP Status-Code 201: Created.
static int HTTP_ENTITY_TOO_LARGE
          HTTP Status-Code 413: Request Entity Too Large.
static int HTTP_FORBIDDEN
          HTTP Status-Code 403: Forbidden.
static int HTTP_GATEWAY_TIMEOUT
          HTTP Status-Code 504: Gateway Timeout.
static int HTTP_GONE
          HTTP Status-Code 410: Gone.
static int HTTP_INTERNAL_ERROR
          HTTP Status-Code 500: Internal Server Error.
static int HTTP_LENGTH_REQUIRED
          HTTP Status-Code 411: Length Required.
static int HTTP_MOVED_PERM
          HTTP Status-Code 301: Moved Permanently.
static int HTTP_MOVED_TEMP
          HTTP Status-Code 302: Temporary Redirect.
static int HTTP_MULT_CHOICE
          HTTP Status-Code 300: Multiple Choices.
static int HTTP_NO_CONTENT
          HTTP Status-Code 204: No Content.
static int HTTP_NOT_ACCEPTABLE
          HTTP Status-Code 406: Not Acceptable.
static int HTTP_NOT_AUTHORITATIVE
          HTTP Status-Code 203: Non-Authoritative Information.
static int HTTP_NOT_FOUND
          HTTP Status-Code 404: Not Found.
static int HTTP_NOT_IMPLEMENTED
          HTTP Status-Code 501: Not Implemented.
static int HTTP_NOT_MODIFIED
          HTTP Status-Code 304: Not Modified.
static int HTTP_OK
          HTTP Status-Code 200: OK.
static int HTTP_PARTIAL
          HTTP Status-Code 206: Partial Content.
static int HTTP_PAYMENT_REQUIRED
          HTTP Status-Code 402: Payment Required.
static int HTTP_PRECON_FAILED
          HTTP Status-Code 412: Precondition Failed.
static int HTTP_PROXY_AUTH
          HTTP Status-Code 407: Proxy Authentication Required.
static int HTTP_REQ_TOO_LONG
          HTTP Status-Code 414: Request-URI Too Large.
static int HTTP_RESET
          HTTP Status-Code 205: Reset Content.
static int HTTP_SEE_OTHER
          HTTP Status-Code 303: See Other.
static int HTTP_SERVER_ERROR
          Deprecated. it is misplaced and shouldn't have existed.
static int HTTP_UNAUTHORIZED
          HTTP Status-Code 401: Unauthorized.
static int HTTP_UNAVAILABLE
          HTTP Status-Code 503: Service Unavailable.
static int HTTP_UNSUPPORTED_TYPE
          HTTP Status-Code 415: Unsupported Media Type.
static int HTTP_USE_PROXY
          HTTP Status-Code 305: Use Proxy.
static int HTTP_VERSION
          HTTP Status-Code 505: HTTP Version Not Supported.
protected  boolean instanceFollowRedirects
          If true, the protocol will automatically follow redirects.
protected  String method
          The HTTP method (GET,POST,PUT,etc.).
protected  int responseCode
          An int representing the three digit HTTP Status-Code.
protected  String responseMessage
          The HTTP response message.
 
Fields inherited from class java.net.URLConnection
allowUserInteraction, connected, doInput, doOutput, ifModifiedSince, url, useCaches
 
Constructor Summary
protected HttpURLConnection(URL u)
          Constructor for the URLStreamHandler.
 
Method Summary
abstract  void disconnect()
          Indicates that other requests to the server are unlikely in the near future.
 InputStream getErrorStream()
          Returns the error stream if the connection failed but the server sent useful data nonetheless.
static boolean getFollowRedirects()
          Returns a boolean indicating whether or not HTTP redirects (3xx) should be automatically followed.
 long getHeaderFieldDate(String name, long Default)
          Returns the value of the named field parsed as date.
 boolean getInstanceFollowRedirects()
          Returns the value of this HttpURLConnection's instanceFollowRedirects field.
 Permission getPermission()
          Returns a permission object representing the permission necessary to make the connection represented by this object.
 String getRequestMethod()
          Get the request method.
 int getResponseCode()
          Gets HTTP response status from responses like:
 String getResponseMessage()
          Gets the HTTP response message, if any, returned along with the response code from a server.
static void setFollowRedirects(boolean set)
          Sets whether HTTP redirects (requests with response code 3xx) should be automatically followed by this class.
 void setInstanceFollowRedirects(boolean followRedirects)
          Sets whether HTTP redirects (requests with response code 3xx) should be automatically followed by this HttpURLConnection instance.
 void setRequestMethod(String method)
          Set the method for the URL request, one of: GET POST HEAD OPTIONS PUT DELETE TRACE are legal, subject to protocol restrictions.
abstract  boolean usingProxy()
          Indicates if the connection is going through a proxy.
 
Methods inherited from class java.net.URLConnection
connect, getAllowUserInteraction, getContent, getContent, getContentEncoding, getContentLength, getContentType, getDate, getDefaultAllowUserInteraction, getDefaultRequestProperty, getDefaultUseCaches, getDoInput, getDoOutput, getExpiration, getFileNameMap, getHeaderField, getHeaderField, getHeaderFieldInt, getHeaderFieldKey, getIfModifiedSince, getInputStream, getLastModified, getOutputStream, getRequestProperty, getURL, getUseCaches, guessContentTypeFromName, guessContentTypeFromStream, setAllowUserInteraction, setContentHandlerFactory, setDefaultAllowUserInteraction, setDefaultRequestProperty, setDefaultUseCaches, setDoInput, setDoOutput, setFileNameMap, setIfModifiedSince, setRequestProperty, setUseCaches, toString
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, wait, wait, wait
 

Field Detail

method

protected String method
The HTTP method (GET,POST,PUT,etc.).

responseCode

protected int responseCode
An int representing the three digit HTTP Status-Code.

responseMessage

protected String responseMessage
The HTTP response message.

instanceFollowRedirects

protected boolean instanceFollowRedirects
If true, the protocol will automatically follow redirects. If false, the protocol will not automatically follow redirects.

This field is set by the setInstanceFollowRedirects method. Its value is returned by the getInstanceFollowRedirects method.

Its default value is based on the value of the static followRedirects at HttpURLConnection construction time.

See Also:
setInstanceFollowRedirects(boolean), getInstanceFollowRedirects(), setFollowRedirects(boolean)

HTTP_OK

public static final int HTTP_OK
HTTP Status-Code 200: OK.

HTTP_CREATED

public static final int HTTP_CREATED
HTTP Status-Code 201: Created.

HTTP_ACCEPTED

public static final int HTTP_ACCEPTED
HTTP Status-Code 202: Accepted.

HTTP_NOT_AUTHORITATIVE

public static final int HTTP_NOT_AUTHORITATIVE
HTTP Status-Code 203: Non-Authoritative Information.

HTTP_NO_CONTENT

public static final int HTTP_NO_CONTENT
HTTP Status-Code 204: No Content.

HTTP_RESET

public static final int HTTP_RESET
HTTP Status-Code 205: Reset Content.

HTTP_PARTIAL

public static final int HTTP_PARTIAL
HTTP Status-Code 206: Partial Content.

HTTP_MULT_CHOICE

public static final int HTTP_MULT_CHOICE
HTTP Status-Code 300: Multiple Choices.

HTTP_MOVED_PERM

public static final int HTTP_MOVED_PERM
HTTP Status-Code 301: Moved Permanently.

HTTP_MOVED_TEMP

public static final int HTTP_MOVED_TEMP
HTTP Status-Code 302: Temporary Redirect.

HTTP_SEE_OTHER

public static final int HTTP_SEE_OTHER
HTTP Status-Code 303: See Other.

HTTP_NOT_MODIFIED

public static final int HTTP_NOT_MODIFIED
HTTP Status-Code 304: Not Modified.

HTTP_USE_PROXY

public static final int HTTP_USE_PROXY
HTTP Status-Code 305: Use Proxy.

HTTP_BAD_REQUEST

public static final int HTTP_BAD_REQUEST
HTTP Status-Code 400: Bad Request.

HTTP_UNAUTHORIZED

public static final int HTTP_UNAUTHORIZED
HTTP Status-Code 401: Unauthorized.

HTTP_PAYMENT_REQUIRED

public static final int HTTP_PAYMENT_REQUIRED
HTTP Status-Code 402: Payment Required.

HTTP_FORBIDDEN

public static final int HTTP_FORBIDDEN
HTTP Status-Code 403: Forbidden.

HTTP_NOT_FOUND

public static final int HTTP_NOT_FOUND
HTTP Status-Code 404: Not Found.

HTTP_BAD_METHOD

public static final int HTTP_BAD_METHOD
HTTP Status-Code 405: Method Not Allowed.

HTTP_NOT_ACCEPTABLE

public static final int HTTP_NOT_ACCEPTABLE
HTTP Status-Code 406: Not Acceptable.

HTTP_PROXY_AUTH

public static final int HTTP_PROXY_AUTH
HTTP Status-Code 407: Proxy Authentication Required.

HTTP_CLIENT_TIMEOUT

public static final int HTTP_CLIENT_TIMEOUT
HTTP Status-Code 408: Request Time-Out.

HTTP_CONFLICT

public static final int HTTP_CONFLICT
HTTP Status-Code 409: Conflict.

HTTP_GONE

public static final int HTTP_GONE
HTTP Status-Code 410: Gone.

HTTP_LENGTH_REQUIRED

public static final int HTTP_LENGTH_REQUIRED
HTTP Status-Code 411: Length Required.

HTTP_PRECON_FAILED

public static final int HTTP_PRECON_FAILED
HTTP Status-Code 412: Precondition Failed.

HTTP_ENTITY_TOO_LARGE

public static final int HTTP_ENTITY_TOO_LARGE
HTTP Status-Code 413: Request Entity Too Large.

HTTP_REQ_TOO_LONG

public static final int HTTP_REQ_TOO_LONG
HTTP Status-Code 414: Request-URI Too Large.

HTTP_UNSUPPORTED_TYPE

public static final int HTTP_UNSUPPORTED_TYPE
HTTP Status-Code 415: Unsupported Media Type.

HTTP_SERVER_ERROR

public static final int HTTP_SERVER_ERROR
Deprecated. it is misplaced and shouldn't have existed.


HTTP_INTERNAL_ERROR

public static final int HTTP_INTERNAL_ERROR
HTTP Status-Code 500: Internal Server Error.

HTTP_NOT_IMPLEMENTED

public static final int HTTP_NOT_IMPLEMENTED
HTTP Status-Code 501: Not Implemented.

HTTP_BAD_GATEWAY

public static final int HTTP_BAD_GATEWAY
HTTP Status-Code 502: Bad Gateway.

HTTP_UNAVAILABLE

public static final int HTTP_UNAVAILABLE
HTTP Status-Code 503: Service Unavailable.

HTTP_GATEWAY_TIMEOUT

public static final int HTTP_GATEWAY_TIMEOUT
HTTP Status-Code 504: Gateway Timeout.

HTTP_VERSION

public static final int HTTP_VERSION
HTTP Status-Code 505: HTTP Version Not Supported.
Constructor Detail

HttpURLConnection

protected HttpURLConnection(URL u)
Constructor for the URLStreamHandler.
Parameters:
u - the URL
Method Detail

setFollowRedirects

public static void setFollowRedirects(boolean set)
Sets whether HTTP redirects (requests with response code 3xx) should be automatically followed by this class. True by default. Applets cannot change this variable.

If there is a security manager, this method first calls the security manager's checkSetFactory method to ensure the operation is allowed. This could result in a SecurityException.

Parameters:
set - a boolean indicating whether or not to follow HTTP redirects.
Throws:
SecurityException - if a security manager exists and its checkSetFactory method doesn't allow the operation.
See Also:
SecurityManager.checkSetFactory(), getFollowRedirects()

getFollowRedirects

public static boolean getFollowRedirects()
Returns a boolean indicating whether or not HTTP redirects (3xx) should be automatically followed.
Returns:
true if HTTP redirects should be automatically followed, false if not.
See Also:
setFollowRedirects(boolean)

setInstanceFollowRedirects

public void setInstanceFollowRedirects(boolean followRedirects)
Sets whether HTTP redirects (requests with response code 3xx) should be automatically followed by this HttpURLConnection instance.

The default value comes from followRedirects, which defaults to true.

Parameters:
followRedirects - a boolean indicating whether or not to follow HTTP redirects.
See Also:
instanceFollowRedirects, getInstanceFollowRedirects()

getInstanceFollowRedirects

public boolean getInstanceFollowRedirects()
Returns the value of this HttpURLConnection's instanceFollowRedirects field.
Returns:
the value of this HttpURLConnection's instanceFollowRedirects field.
See Also:
instanceFollowRedirects, setInstanceFollowRedirects(boolean)

setRequestMethod

public void setRequestMethod(String method)
                      throws ProtocolException
Set the method for the URL request, one of: are legal, subject to protocol restrictions. The default method is GET.
Parameters:
method - the HTTP method
Throws:
ProtocolException - if the method cannot be reset or if the requested method isn't valid for HTTP.
See Also:
getRequestMethod()

getRequestMethod

public String getRequestMethod()
Get the request method.
Returns:
the HTTP request method
See Also:
setRequestMethod(java.lang.String)

getResponseCode

public int getResponseCode()
                    throws IOException
Gets HTTP response status from responses like:
 HTTP/1.0 200 OK
 HTTP/1.0 401 Unauthorized
 
Extracts the ints 200 and 401 respectively. Returns -1 if none can be discerned from the response (i.e., the response is not valid HTTP).
Returns:
the HTTP Status-Code
Throws:
IOException - if an error occurred connecting to the server.

getResponseMessage

public String getResponseMessage()
                          throws IOException
Gets the HTTP response message, if any, returned along with the response code from a server. From responses like:
 HTTP/1.0 200 OK
 HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found
 
Extracts the Strings "OK" and "Not Found" respectively. Returns null if none could be discerned from the responses (the result was not valid HTTP).
Returns:
the HTTP response message, or null
Throws:
IOException - if an error occurred connecting to the server.

getHeaderFieldDate

public long getHeaderFieldDate(String name,
                               long Default)
Description copied from class: URLConnection
Returns the value of the named field parsed as date. The result is the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970 GMT represented by the named field.

This form of getHeaderField exists because some connection types (e.g., http-ng) have pre-parsed headers. Classes for that connection type can override this method and short-circuit the parsing.

Overrides:
getHeaderFieldDate in class URLConnection
Following copied from class: java.net.URLConnection
Parameters:
name - the name of the header field.
Default - a default value.
Returns:
the value of the field, parsed as a date. The value of the Default argument is returned if the field is missing or malformed.

disconnect

public abstract void disconnect()
Indicates that other requests to the server are unlikely in the near future. Calling disconnect() should not imply that this HttpURLConnection instance can be reused for other requests.

usingProxy

public abstract boolean usingProxy()
Indicates if the connection is going through a proxy.
Returns:
a boolean indicating if the connection is using a proxy.

getPermission

public Permission getPermission()
                         throws IOException
Description copied from class: URLConnection
Returns a permission object representing the permission necessary to make the connection represented by this object. This method returns null if no permission is required to make the connection. By default, this method returns java.security.AllPermission. Subclasses should override this method and return the permission that best represents the permission required to make a a connection to the URL. For example, a URLConnection representing a file: URL would return a java.io.FilePermission object.

The permission returned may dependent upon the state of the connection. For example, the permission before connecting may be different from that after connecting. For example, an HTTP sever, say foo.com, may redirect the connection to a different host, say bar.com. Before connecting the permission returned by the connection will represent the permission needed to connect to foo.com, while the permission returned after connecting will be to bar.com.

Permissions are generally used for two purposes: to protect caches of objects obtained through URLConnections, and to check the right of a recipient to learn about a particular URL. In the first case, the permission should be obtained after the object has been obtained. For example, in an HTTP connection, this will represent the permission to connect to the host from which the data was ultimately fetched. In the second case, the permission should be obtained and tested before connecting.

Overrides:
getPermission in class URLConnection
Following copied from class: java.net.URLConnection
Returns:
the permission object representing the permission necessary to make the connection represented by this URLConnection.
Throws:
IOException - if the computation of the permission requires network or file I/O and an exception occurs while computing it.

getErrorStream

public InputStream getErrorStream()
Returns the error stream if the connection failed but the server sent useful data nonetheless. The typical example is when an HTTP server responds with a 404, which will cause a FileNotFoundException to be thrown in connect, but the server sent an HTML help page with suggestions as to what to do.

This method will not cause a connection to be initiated. If there the connection was not connected, or if the server did not have an error while connecting or if the server did have an error but there no error data was sent, this method will return null. This is the default.

Returns:
an error stream if any, null if there have been no errors, the connection is not connected or the server sent no useful data.

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Std. Ed. v1.3.1

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