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Using httpbin to test http/https requests

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/09/15

StackOverflow user Kenneth Reitz has written a great on-line and free httpbin tool that responds to many kinds of http/https requests including the standaard http request methods (or verbs) used by REST: get, post (for http 1.0) and patch, put, delete (for http 1.1).

These verbs are not supported: head (http 1.0) and trace, options, connect (http 1.1).

The site is geared towards JSON (as most the responses are in JSON, except for one XML response and a few TEXT responses), but even if your environment does not use JSON, it is very useful as you basically get an echo of information on what you pass to it.

Except one endpoint (/encoding/utf8), none of the response encodings can be determined by the request. This is a pity as sometimes it is good to see how a specific encoding works for JSON, but it is very hard to support encodings well, so I can understand the support is not there (or not there yet).

There are many examples on the site, which I won’t list.

There are at least two sites hosting them. The original supports HTTP and HTTPS only, but the ngHttp2 people also support HTTP2 and SPDY:

What I do list are the endpoints as copied from the site on 20141228:


via: [Wayback] HTTP Test server that accepts GET/Post calls – Stack Overflow.


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