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ReQL command: http

Command syntax

r.http(url[, options]) → value

r.http(url[, options]) → stream


Retrieve data from the specified URL over HTTP. The return type depends on the result_format option, which checks the Content-Type of the response by default. Make sure that you never use this command for user provided URLs.

Example: Perform an HTTP GET and store the result in a table.


See the tutorial on r.http for more examples on how to use this command.


General Options

  • timeout: timeout period in seconds to wait before aborting the connect (default 30).
  • attempts: number of retry attempts to make after failed connections (default 5).
  • redirects: number of redirect and location headers to follow (default 1).
  • verify: if true, verify the server’s SSL certificate (default true).
  • result_format: string specifying the format to return results in. One of the following:
    • text: always return a string.
    • json: parse the result as JSON, raising an error on failure.
    • jsonp: parse the result as Padded JSON.
    • binary: return a binary object.
    • auto: parse the result based on its Content-Type (the default):
      • application/json: as json
      • application/json-p, text/json-p, text/javascript: as jsonp
      • audio/*, video/*, image/*, application/octet-stream: as binary
      • anything else: as text

Request Options

  • method: HTTP method to use for the request. One of GET, POST, PUT, PATCH, DELETE or HEAD. Default: GET.
  • auth: object giving authentication, with the following fields:
    • type: basic (default) or digest
    • user: username
    • pass: password in plain text
  • params: object specifying URL parameters to append to the URL as encoded key/value pairs. { 'query': 'banana', 'limit': 2 } will be appended as ?query=banana&limit=2. Default: no parameters.
  • header: Extra header lines to include. The value may be an array of strings or an object. Default: Accept-Encoding: deflate;q=1, gzip;q=0.5 and User-Agent: RethinkDB/<VERSION>.
  • data: Data to send to the server on a POST, PUT, PATCH, or DELETE request. For POST requests, data may be either an object (which will be written to the body as form-encoded key/value pairs) or a string; for all other requests, data will be serialized as JSON and placed in the request body, sent as Content-Type: application/json. Default: no data will be sent.

Example: Perform multiple requests with different parameters.

r.expr([1, 2, 3]).map(
    lambda i: r.http('', params={'user': i})

Example: Perform a PUT request for each item in a table.

    lambda row: r.http('', method='PUT', data=row)

Example: Perform a POST request with accompanying data.

Using form-encoded data:

r.http('', method='POST',
    data={'player': 'Bob', 'game': 'tic tac toe'}

Using JSON data:

r.http('', method='POST',
    header={'Content-Type': 'application/json'}


r.http supports depagination, which will request multiple pages in a row and aggregate the results into a stream. The use of this feature is controlled by the optional arguments page and page_limit. Either none or both of these arguments must be provided.

  • page: This option may specify either a built-in pagination strategy (see below), or a function to provide the next URL and/or params to request.
  • page_limit: An integer specifying the maximum number of requests to issue using the page functionality. This is to prevent overuse of API quotas, and must be specified with page.
    • -1: no limit
    • 0: no requests will be made, an empty stream will be returned
    • n: n requests will be made

At the moment, the only built-in strategy is 'link-next', which is equivalent to lambda info: info['header']['link']['rel="next"'].default(None).

Example: Perform a GitHub search and collect up to 3 pages of results.

    page='link-next', page_limit=3).run(conn)

As a function, page takes one parameter, an object of the format:

    'params': object, # the URL parameters used in the last request
    'header': object, # the HTTP headers of the last response as key/value pairs
    'body': value # the body of the last response in the format specified by `result_format`

The header field will be a parsed version of the header with fields lowercased, like so:

    'content-length': '1024',
    'content-type': 'application/json',
    'date': 'Thu, 1 Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT',
    'link': {
        'rel="last"': '',
        'rel="next"': ''

The page function may return a string corresponding to the next URL to request, None indicating that there is no more to get, or an object of the format:

    'url': string, # the next URL to request, or None for no more pages
    'params': object # new URL parameters to use, will be merged with the previous request's params

Example: Perform depagination with a custom page function.

    page=(lambda info: info['body']['meta']['next'].default(None)),

Learn more

See the tutorial on r.http for more examples on how to use this command.

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