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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.

    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{|i|
        r.http('', :params => { :user => i })

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

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

    Example: Perform a POST request with accompanying data.

    Using form-encoded data:

           :method => 'POST',
           :data => { :player => 'Bob', :game => 'tic tac toe' }).run(conn)

    Using JSON data:

           :method => 'POST',
           :data => r.expr(value).coerce_to('string'),
           :header => { 'Content-Type' => 'application/json' }).run(conn)


    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(nil) }.

    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, nil indicating that there is no more to get, or an object of the format:

        :url => string, # the next URL to request, or nil 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(nil)},
           :page_limit => 5).run(conn)

    Learn more

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

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