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Flutter HTTP client + json + cookies.

a flutter library to simply call HTTP requests (inspired by python requests module). It comes with JSON support and a lightweight implementation to store cookies like a browser.

Cookies, huh?

Server side cookies (via response header SET-COOKIE) are stored using the assistance of shared_preferences. Stored cookies will be send seamlessly on the next http requests you make to the same domain (simple implementation, similar to a web browser)

Install

Add this to your package's pubspec.yaml file:

dependencies:
  requests: ^3.0.1

Usage

Start by importing the library

import 'package:requests/requests.dart';

Let's make a simple HTTP request

var r = await Requests.get("https://google.com");
r.raiseForStatus();
String body = r.content();

the Response object

just like in python's request module, the Response object has this functionallity

  • r.throwForStatus() - will throw an exception if the response statusCode is not a great success.
  • r.raiseForStatus() - same as throwForStatus
  • r.statusCode - the response status code
  • r.url - the url in the request
  • r.success - a boolean. true indicates that the request was a great success
  • r.hasError - a boolean. true indicates that the request was not a great success
  • r.bytes() - return the body in the respone as a list of bytes
  • r.content() - return the body in the respone as a string
  • r.json() - recodes the body in the respone and returns the result (dynamic type)

Optional Arguments

  • json - a dynamic object that will be json encoded and then be set as the request's body
  • body - a raw string to be used as the request's body
  • bodyEncoding - default RequestBodyEncoding.FormURLEncoded. will set the content-type header
  • headers - Map<String, String> of custom client headers to add in the request
  • timeoutSeconds - default 10 seconds. after that period of time without server response an exception is thrown
  • persistCookies - default true. if should respect server's command to persist cookie
  • verify - default true. if the SSL verification enabled

💡 Only one optional argument can be used in a single request body or json

Class Methods

  • .getHostnam(url) - returns the hostname of the given url
  • .clearStoredCookies(hostname) - clears the stored cookies for the hostname
  • .setStoredCookies(hostname, Map<String, String>) - set the stored cookies for the hostname
  • .getStoredCookies(hostname) - returns a Map<String, String> of the stored cookies for the hostname

Examples

HTTP post, body encoded as application/x-www-form-urlencoded, parse response as json

var r = await Requests.post(
  "https://reqres.in/api/users",
  body: {
    "userId": 10,
    "id": 91,
    "title": "aut amet sed",
  },
  bodyEncoding: RequestBodyEncoding.FormURLEncoded);

r.raiseForStatus();
dynamic json = r.json();
print(json['id']);

HTTP delete

var r = await Requests.delete("https://reqres.in/api/users/10");
r.raiseForStatus();

Ignore SSL self-signed certificate

var r = await Requests.get('https://expired.badssl.com/', verify: false);
r.raiseForStatus();

Play with stored cookies

String url = "https://reqres.in/api/users/10";
String hostname = Requests.getHostname(url);
await Requests.clearStoredCookies(hostname);
await Requests.setStoredCookies(hostname, {'session': 'bla'});
var cookies = await Requests.getStoredCookies(hostname);
expect(cookies.keys.length, 1);
await Requests.clearStoredCookies(hostname);
cookies = await Requests.getStoredCookies(hostname);
expect(cookies.keys.length, 0);

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Libraries

requests