is an object that represents a successful response to an HTTP request, with the specified body and default metadata.


represents a response to an HTTP request, including the specified body and metadata.

Details and Options

  • HTTPResponse is usually stored in a CloudObject or specified as the result in an APIFunction or FormFunction.
  • In HTTPResponse[body,], body can be a string, a byte array object, or a list of integer byte values.
  • The metadata in HTTPResponse is an association including the following possible elements:
  • "StatusCode"200HTTP status code
    "ContentType""text/html"MIME type for content
    "Cookies"{}cookies to handle (using CookieFunction)
    "Headers"{}a list of rules giving HTTP response headers
  • Properties of an HTTPResponse object can be accessed using HTTPResponse[]["prop"].
  • Possible properties include all metadata items, together with:
  • "Body"response body as a string
    "BodyByteArray"response body as a ByteArray object
    "BodyBytes"response body as a list of byte values
    "CharacterEncoding"character encoding in the response body (e.g. "UTF8")
    "Properties"list of available properties
    "StatusCodeDescription"plain text description of status code
  • HTTPResponse[][] gives an association with values of all properties.
  • HTTPResponse has the following option:
  • CharacterEncodingAutomaticcharacter encoding to apply to the response
  • The setting CharacterEncoding->"enc" specifies that the body in HTTPResponse[body,] should be encoded using the encoding enc before being returned from a server as an HTTP response.
  • The setting CharacterEncoding->None specifies that no change should be made to body before returning it.
  • The Automatic setting for the CharacterEncoding option will use an encoding given from the "ContentType" metadata property if it includes a charset specification (as in "text/html; charset=latin1"). It will also use an encoding from the "CharacterEncoding" metadata property. If no encoding is otherwise given, then the "UTF8" encoding is used for text-based MIME types and None for other MIME types.
  • If a specific encoding is given for the CharacterEncoding option, and the "ContentType" metadata property is a text-based MIME type, a charset specification will be automatically added to indicate the encoding to browsers.


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Basic Examples  (4)

Use URLRead to obtain a HTTPResponse:

Get the HTTP status code from the response:

Get the HTTP response headers:

Get the content type of the response body:

Get the HTTP response body as a string:

Get the HTTP response body as a ByteArray:

Return a plain HTTPResponse:

Use an XMLTemplate to output a result:

Return arbitrary body and content type:

Force the browser to download the content:

Open the form and select from the list:

The selected image will be downloaded after clicking the "Submit" button:

Properties & Relations  (1)

Import the response by using Import:

Wolfram Research (2014), HTTPResponse, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2016).


Wolfram Research (2014), HTTPResponse, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2016).


Wolfram Language. 2014. "HTTPResponse." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2016.


Wolfram Language. (2014). HTTPResponse. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


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