HttpMaid Client

Additionally to HttpMaid’s main server functionality, it can also be used as a http client. It should be noted that this client arose a from a necessity in test code and was never intended to be used in production code. In access it, you need to include the client integration.


Configuring a client

Before a client can be used, it needs to be configured. Example:

final HttpMaidClient httpMaidClient = aHttpMaidClientForTheHost("localhost")

The first three configuration options deal with connecting the client to a server. In the example, the client is configured to send all requests to port 8080 on the host. The protocol to use is https (the alternative being http).

There are additional methods to configure the client:

  • withBasePath() - configures the so-called base path. A base path is a path that gets prefixed to all requests. Given for example a client configured to use the base path /rest/api - when a request to e.g. /contacts gets issued, the client will extend the path to /rest/api/contacts by prefixing with the base path.

  • withDefaultResponseMapping() - configures how the client can map the requests’ responses. When issuing requests, the client is always explictly given a class type that the user wants the response to be mapped to. There are default implementations for String and SimpleHttpResponseObject (which will let you access all metadata). If you intend to map the response to types other than that, you need to provide mappings for them.

  • withResponseMapping() - same as withDefaultResponseMapping(), but configures a response mapping only for a specific type.

Using a client

A configured client can be used to issue http requests to the configured server. Examples:

final SimpleHttpResponseObject response = httpMaidClient.issue(aGetRequestToThePath("/foo"));

final String stringResponse = httpMaidClient.issue(aGetRequestToThePath("/foo").mappedToString());

final SimpleHttpResponseObject httpResponseObject = httpMaidClient.issue(

Using HttpMaid client and server together

Sometimes you would use a HttpMaid client to connect to a HttpMaid server running in the same JVM. This could happen e.g. in an integration test scenario. In order to speed up the execution time of your tests, the possibility exists to connect the client directly to your server, bypassing all “real” http handling. You can create such a client like this:

final HttpMaidClient connectedHttpMaidClient = aHttpMaidClientBypassingRequestsDirectlyTo(httpMaid).build();