Custom HTTP Header with the HttpClient

Set Header on Request – 4.3 and Above

HttpClient client = HttpClients.custom().build();
HttpUriRequest request = RequestBuilder.get()
  .setUri(SAMPLE_URL)
  .setHeader(HttpHeaders.CONTENT_TYPE, "application/json")
  .build();
client.execute(request);

Set Header on Request – Before 4.3

HttpClient client = new DefaultHttpClient();
HttpGet request = new HttpGet(SAMPLE_URL);
request.setHeader(HttpHeaders.CONTENT_TYPE, "application/json");
client.execute(request);

Set Default Header on the Client

Header header = new BasicHeader(HttpHeaders.CONTENT_TYPE, "application/json");
List<Header> headers = Lists.newArrayList(header);
HttpClient client = HttpClients.custom().setDefaultHeaders(headers).build();
HttpUriRequest request = RequestBuilder.get().setUri(SAMPLE_URL).build();
client.execute(request);

Results

  • HttpClientCustomHttpHeaderTest