HttpRequest Node.js Reference Documentation

HttpRequest

Represents a complete HTTP request.

Object Creation

var obj = new chilkat.HttpRequest();

Properties

Boundary

· string
Introduced in version 9.5.0.49

Sets an explicit boundary string to be used in multipart/form-data requests. If no Boundary is set, then a boundary string is automaticaly generated as needed during the sending of a request.

HTTP Request Boundary Property

Charset

· string

Controls the character encoding used for HTTP request parameters for POST requests. The default value is the ANSI charset of the computer. The charset should match the charset expected by the form target.

The "charset" attribute is only included in the Content-Type header of the request if the SendCharset property is set to true.

ContentType

· string

The ContentType property sets the "Content-Type" header field, and identifies the content-type of the HTTP request body. Common values are:

application/x-www-form-urlencoded
multipart/form-data
text/xml
application/jsonrequest
If ContentType is set equal to the empty string, then no Content-Type header is included in the HTTP request.

Building a multipart/form-data Request for HTTP Upload

Creating an application/json HTTP POST Request

DebugLogFilePath

· string

If set to a file path, causes each Chilkat method or property call to automatically append it's LastErrorText to the specified log file. The information is appended such that if a hang or crash occurs, it is possible to see the context in which the problem occurred, as well as a history of all Chilkat calls up to the point of the problem. The VerboseLogging property can be set to provide more detailed information.

This property is typically used for debugging the rare cases where a Chilkat method call hangs or generates an exception that halts program execution (i.e. crashes). A hang or crash should generally never happen. The typical causes of a hang are:

  1. a timeout related property was set to 0 to explicitly indicate that an infinite timeout is desired,
  2. the hang is actually a hang within an event callback (i.e. it is a hang within the application code), or
  3. there is an internal problem (bug) in the Chilkat code that causes the hang.

EntireHeader

· string

Composes and returns the entire MIME header of the HTTP request.

HttpVerb

· string

The HttpVerb property should be set to the name of the HTTP method that appears on the "start line" of an HTTP request, such as GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, etc. It is also possible to use the various WebDav verbs such as PROPFIND, PROPPATCH, MKCOL, COPY, MOVE, LOCK, UNLOCK, etc. In general, the HttpVerb may be set to anything, even custom verbs recognized by a custom server-side app.

HTTP Verb - How to use any Verb (GET, PUT, POST, DELETE, PROPFIND, etc.)

HttpVersion

· string

The HTTP version in the request header. Defaults to "1.1".

LastErrorHtml

· string, read-only

Provides information in HTML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

LastErrorText

· string, read-only

Provides information in plain-text format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

Concept of LastErrorText

LastErrorText Standard Information

LastErrorXml

· string, read-only

Provides information in XML format about the last method/property called. If a method call returns a value indicating failure, or behaves unexpectedly, examine this property to get more information.

LastMethodSuccess

· boolean
Introduced in version 9.5.0.52

Indicate whether the last method call succeeded or failed. A value of true indicates success, a value of false indicates failure. This property is automatically set for method calls. It is not modified by property accesses. The property is automatically set to indicate success for the following types of method calls:

  • Any method that returns a string.
  • Any method returning a Chilkat object, binary bytes, or a date/time.
  • Any method returning a standard boolean status value where success = true and failure = false.
  • Any method returning an integer where failure is defined by a return value less than zero.

Note: Methods that do not fit the above requirements will always set this property equal to true. For example, a method that returns no value (such as a "void" in C++) will technically always succeed.

NumHeaderFields

· integer, read-only

Returns the number of request header fields.

NumParams

· integer, read-only

Returns the number of query parameters.

Initialize an HTTP Request from a URL

Path

· string

The path of the resource requested. A path of "/" indicates the default document for a domain.

Explaining the Path Part of a URL

SendCharset

· boolean

Controls whether the charset is explicitly included in the content-type header field of the HTTP POST request. The default value of this property is false.

VerboseLogging

· boolean

If set to true, then the contents of LastErrorText (or LastErrorXml, or LastErrorHtml) may contain more verbose information. The default value is false. Verbose logging should only be used for debugging. The potentially large quantity of logged information may adversely affect peformance.

Version

· string, read-only

Version of the component/library, such as "9.5.0.63"

Methods

var status = AddBytesForUpload(name, remoteFileName, byteData);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· name String
· remoteFileName String
· byteData Buffer

Adds a file to an upload request where the contents of the file come from an in-memory byte array. To create a file upload request, call UseUpload and then call AddBytesForUpload, AddStringForUpload, or AddFileForUpload for each file to be uploaded.

name is an arbitrary name. (In HTML, it is the form field name of the input tag.)
remoteFileName is the name of the file to be created on the HTTP server.
byteData contains the contents (bytes) to be uploaded.

Returns true for success, false for failure.

var status = AddBytesForUpload2(name, remoteFileName, byteData, contentType);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· name String
· remoteFileName String
· byteData Buffer
· contentType String

Same as AddBytesForUpload, but allows the Content-Type header field to be directly specified. (Otherwise, the Content-Type header is automatically determined based on the remoteFileName's file extension.)

Returns true for success, false for failure.

var status = AddFileForUpload(name, filePath);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· name String
· filePath String

Adds a file to an upload request. To create a file upload request, call UseUpload and then call AddFileForUpload, AddBytesForUpload, or AddStringForUpload for each file to be uploaded. This method does not read the file into memory. When the upload occurs, the data is streamed directly from the file, thus allowing for very large files to be uploaded without consuming large amounts of memory.

name is an arbitrary name. (In HTML, it is the form field name of the input tag.)
filePath is the path to an existing file in the local filesystem.

Returns true for success, false for failure.

(Facebook) Upload Photo from Local File

var status = AddFileForUpload2(name, filePath, contentType);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· name String
· filePath String
· contentType String

Same as AddFileForUpload, but allows the Content-Type header field to be directly specified. (Otherwise, the Content-Type header is automatically determined based on the file extension.)

name is an arbitrary name. (In HTML, it is the form field name of the input tag.)
filePath is the path to an existing file in the local filesystem.

Returns true for success, false for failure.

SOAP with MTOM XOP Attachment

AddHeader(name, value);

· Does not return anything (returns Undefined).
· name String
· value String

Adds a request header to the HTTP request. If a header having the same field name is already present, this method replaces it.

Note: Never explicitly set the Content-Length header field. Chilkat will automatically compute the correct length and add the Content-Length header to all POST, PUT, or any other request where the Content-Length needs to be specified. (GET requests always have a 0 length body, and therefore never need a Content-Length header field.)

Adding Cookies to an HTTP Request

var status = AddMwsSignature(domain, mwsSecretKey);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· domain String
· mwsSecretKey String
Introduced in version 9.5.0.66

Computes the Amazon MWS signature using the mwsSecretKey and adds the "Signature" parameter to the request. This method should be called for all Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) HTTP requests. It should be called after all request parameters have been added.

The domain should be the domain of the request, such as one of the following:

  • mws.amazonservices.com
  • mws-eu.amazonservices.com
  • mws.amazonservices.in
  • mws.amazonservices.com.cn
  • mws.amazonservices.jp

Note: This method automatically adds or replaces the existing Timestamp parameter to the current system date/time.

Returns true for success, false for failure.

HTTPS MWS List Orders (Amazon Marketplace Web Service)

AddParam(name, value);

· Does not return anything (returns Undefined).
· name String
· value String

Adds a request query parameter (name/value pair) to the HTTP request. The name and value strings passed to this method should not be URL encoded.

Add Parameters to Multipart Form-Data POSTs

Initialize an HTTP Request from a URL

var status = AddStringForUpload(name, filename, strData, charset);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· name String
· filename String
· strData String
· charset String

Same as AddFileForUpload, but the upload data comes from an in-memory string instead of a file.

Returns true for success, false for failure.

Building a multipart/form-data Request for HTTP Upload

var status = AddStringForUpload2(name, filename, strData, charset, contentType);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· name String
· filename String
· strData String
· charset String
· contentType String

Same as AddStringForUpload, but allows the Content-Type header field to be directly specified. (Otherwise, the Content-Type header is automatically determined based on the filename's file extension.)

Returns true for success, false for failure.

HTTP multipart-mixed POST (for a UPS Package Level Detail PLD Request)

var status = AddSubHeader(index, name, value);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· index Number
· name String
· value String
Introduced in version 9.5.0.55

Adds a request header to the Nth sub-header of the HTTP request. If a header having the same field name is already present, this method replaces it.

Returns true for success, false for failure.

var status = GenerateRequestFile(path);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· path String
Introduced in version 9.5.0.64

The same as GenerateRequestText, except the generated request is written to the file specified by path.

Returns true for success, false for failure.

var retStr = GenerateRequestText();

· Returns a String.

Returns the request text that would be sent if Http.SynchronousRequest was called.

Returns null on failure

var retStr = GetHeaderField(name);

· Returns a String.
· name String

Returns the value of a request header field.

Returns null on failure

var retStr = GetHeaderName(index);

· Returns a String.
· index Number

Returns the Nth request header field name. Indexing begins at 0, and the number of request header fields is specified by the NumHeaderFields property.

Returns null on failure

var retStr = GetHeaderValue(index);

· Returns a String.
· index Number

Returns the Nth request header field value. Indexing begins at 0, and the number of request header fields is specified by the NumHeaderFields property.

Returns null on failure

var retStr = GetParam(name);

· Returns a String.
· name String

Returns a request query parameter value by name.

Returns null on failure

var retStr = GetParamName(index);

· Returns a String.
· index Number

Returns the Nth request query parameter field name. Indexing begins at 0, and the number of request query parameter fields is specified by the NumParams property.

Returns null on failure

Initialize an HTTP Request from a URL

var retStr = GetParamValue(index);

· Returns a String.
· index Number

Returns the Nth request query parameter field value. Indexing begins at 0, and the number of request query parameter fields is specified by the NumParams property.

Returns null on failure

Initialize an HTTP Request from a URL

var retStr = GetUrlEncodedParams();

· Returns a String.

Returns the request parameters in URL encoded form (i.e. in the exact form that would be sent if the ContentType property was application/x-www-form-urlencoded). For example, if a request has two params: param1="abc 123" and param2="abc-123", then GetUrlEncodedParams would return "abc+123<param2=abc%2D123"

Returns null on failure

HTTP multipart-mixed POST (for a UPS Package Level Detail PLD Request)

var status = LoadBodyFromBd(requestBody);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· requestBodybool
Introduced in version 9.5.0.67

Uses the contents of the requestBody as the HTTP request body.

Returns true for success, false for failure.

var status = LoadBodyFromBytes(byteData);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· byteData Buffer

The HTTP protocol is such that all HTTP requests are MIME. For non-multipart requests, this method may be called to set the MIME body of the HTTP request to the exact contents of the byteData.
Note: A non-multipart HTTP request consists of (1) the HTTP start line, (2) MIME header fields, and (3) the MIME body. This method sets the MIME body.

Returns true for success, false for failure.

var status = LoadBodyFromFile(filePath);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· filePath String

The HTTP protocol is such that all HTTP requests are MIME. For non-multipart requests, this method may be called to set the MIME body of the HTTP request to the exact contents of filePath.
Note: A non-multipart HTTP request consists of (1) the HTTP start line, (2) MIME header fields, and (3) the MIME body. This method sets the MIME body.

Returns true for success, false for failure.

var status = LoadBodyFromSb(requestBody, charset);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· requestBodybool
· charset String
Introduced in version 9.5.0.67

Uses the contents of the requestBody as the HTTP request body. The charset indicates the binary representation of the string, such as "utf-8", "utf-16", "iso-8859-*", "windows-125*", etc. Any of the character encodings supported at the link below are valid.

Returns true for success, false for failure.

Chilkat Supported Character Encodings

var status = LoadBodyFromString(bodyStr, charset);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· bodyStr String
· charset String

The HTTP protocol is such that all HTTP requests are MIME. For non-multipart requests, this method may be called to set the MIME body of the HTTP request to the exact contents of bodyStr.
Note: A non-multipart HTTP request consists of (1) the HTTP start line, (2) MIME header fields, and (3) the MIME body. This method sets the MIME body.

charset indicates the charset, such as "utf-8" or "iso-8859-1", to be used. The HTTP body will contain the bodyStr converted to this character encoding.

Returns true for success, false for failure.

Creating an application/json HTTP POST Request

RemoveAllParams();

· Does not return anything (returns Undefined).

Removes all request parameters.

Demonstrate HttpRequest.RemoveAllParams

var status = RemoveHeader(name);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· name String

Removes all occurrences of a HTTP request header field. Always returns true.

Returns true for success, false for failure.

RemoveParam(name);

· Does not return anything (returns Undefined).
· name String

Removes a single HTTP request parameter by name.

Initialize an HTTP Request from a URL

var status = SaveLastError(path);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· path String

Saves the last-error information (the contents of LastErrorXml) to an XML formatted file.

Returns true for success, false for failure.

SetFromUrl(url);

· Does not return anything (returns Undefined).
· url String

Parses a URL and sets the Path and query parameters (NumParams, GetParam, GetParamName, GetParamValue).

Initialize an HTTP Request from a URL

var status = StreamBodyFromFile(filePath);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· filePath String

Useful for sending HTTP requests where the body is a very large file. For example, to send an XML HttpRequest containing a very large XML document, one would set the HttpVerb = "POST", the ContentType = "text/xml", and then call StreamBodyFromFile to indicate that the XML body of the request is to be streamed directly from a file. When the HTTP request is actually sent, the body is streamed directly from the file, and thus the file never needs to be loaded in its entirety in memory.

Returns true for success, false for failure.

OneDrive -- Streaming File Upload

var status = StreamChunkFromFile(path, offset, numBytes);

· Returns Boolean (true for success, false for failure).
· path String
· offset String
· numBytes String
Introduced in version 9.5.0.55

This method is the same as StreamBodyFromFile, but allows for an offset and number of bytes to be specified. The offset and numBytes are integers passed as strings.

Returns true for success, false for failure.