Man page of HTTP::Request


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Updated: 2012-02-15

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HTTP::Request - HTTP style request message


require HTTP::Request; $request = HTTP::Request->new(GET => '');


and usually used like this:

 $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
 $response = $ua->request($request);


is a class encapsulating HTTP style requests, consisting of a request line, some headers, and a content body. Note that the LWP library uses HTTP style requests even for non-HTTP protocols. Instances of this class are usually passed to the request() method of an
is a subclass of
and therefore inherits its methods. The following additional methods are available:
$r = HTTP
:Request->new( $method, $uri )
$r = HTTP
:Request->new( $method, $uri, $header )
$r = HTTP
:Request->new( $method, $uri, $header, $content ):Constructs a new
object describing a request on the object
using method
. The
argument must be a string. The
argument can be either a string, or a reference to a
object. The optional
argument should be a reference to an
object or a plain array reference of key/value pairs. The optional
argument should be a string of bytes.:
$r = HTTP
:Request->parse( $str ):This constructs a new request object by parsing the given string.:


$r->method( $val )
This is used to get/set the method attribute. The method should be a short string like ``GET, ``HEAD, ``PUT or ``POST.:


$r->uri( $val )
This is used to get/set the uri attribute. The
can be a reference to a URI object or a plain string. If a string is given, then it should be parseable as an absolute URI.:

:$r->header( $field )

$r->header( $field => $value )
This is used to get/set header values and it is inherited from
. See HTTP::Headers for details and other similar methods that can be used to access the headers.:
This will set the
header to the list of encodings that decoded_content() can decode.:


$r->content( $bytes )
This is used to get/set the content and it is inherited from the
base class. See HTTP::Message for details and other methods that can be used to access the content.
Note that the content should be a string of bytes. Strings in perl can contain characters outside the range of a byte. The
module can be used to turn such strings into a string of bytes.



$r->as_string( $eol )
Method returning a textual representation of the request.:


HTTP::Headers, HTTP::Message, HTTP::Request::Common, HTTP::Response


Copyright 1995-2004 Gisle Aas.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.