POST JSON request using Apache HttpClient

To send a POST request with JSON payload using Apache HttpClient, you can follow the steps below:

  • Create an instance of HttpClient using HttpClientBuilder.
  • Create an instance of HttpPost with the target URL.
  • Create a StringEntity with the JSON payload and set it as the entity of the HttpPost request.
  • Set the content type header to application/json using setHeader.
  • Execute the request using httpClient.execute(httpPost).
  • Handle the response as needed.

Apache HttpClient Post Example code:

import org.apache.http.HttpEntity;
import org.apache.http.HttpResponse;
import org.apache.http.client.HttpClient;
import org.apache.http.client.methods.HttpPost;
import org.apache.http.entity.ContentType;
import org.apache.http.entity.StringEntity;
import org.apache.http.impl.client.HttpClientBuilder;
import org.apache.http.util.EntityUtils;

public class ApacheHttpClientPostJsonExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        HttpClient httpClient = HttpClientBuilder.create().build();
        try {
            // Specify the URL endpoint for the POST request
            HttpPost httpPost = new HttpPost("");
            // Set the JSON payload
            String jsonPayload = "{\"name\":\"John\", \"age\":30}";
            StringEntity stringEntity = new StringEntity(jsonPayload, ContentType.APPLICATION_JSON);
            // Execute the request
            HttpResponse response = httpClient.execute(httpPost);
            // Get the response status code
            int statusCode = response.getStatusLine().getStatusCode();
            // Get the response body
            HttpEntity responseEntity = response.getEntity();
            String responseBody = EntityUtils.toString(responseEntity);
            // Close the response entity
            // Handle the response
            System.out.println("Response Code: " + statusCode);
            System.out.println("Response Body: " + responseBody);
        } catch (Exception e) {
        } finally {
            // Close the HttpClient instance

In this example, we create an HttpPost instance with the target URL and set the JSON payload as a StringEntity. The StringEntity is created with the content type application/json using ContentType.APPLICATION_JSON.

After executing the request, we retrieve the response status code and body as before.

Remember to include the Apache HttpClient library in your project dependencies before running the code.

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