Java HTTP Client
We are no longer offering the Java HTTP Client. It's been a good run, but between the upgrades to Java and the
the capabilities of the Apache HTTP client made this product is pretty much obsolete. We have submitted the
code to open source under the Apache 2 license and it can be found at
Oakland Software Java HTTP Client.
The contents of the pages about the Java HTTP Client will be kept here for historical reference.
Hmmmmmm... An HTTP client comes built into Java. Yet you are
Could it be:
- you need pipelining for high performance applications?
- you need HTTP NTLM (including V2) client authentication support
to communicate with Windows Servers (possibly for Apache Axis, Apache Axis2, SOAP or XML-RPC)?
- you are experiencing dropped connections and lost messages?
- you need to use WebDAV methods?
- you have trouble with connections being closed
by the server?
- you need timeouts for connection establishment and request responses?
- you need tracing to see what's going on?
- you need better performance in handling
- you have run into other bugs in the
HTTP client that Sun has not fixed?
- you have different behavior in the
different HTTP clients by
the application server vendors?
Its no wonder that some of the major application server vendors
have their own HTTP client (IBM, BEA). But they still have
problems, and none of them support NTLM client authentication.
If you have issues with NTLM (or NTLM V2) or
Integrated Windows Authentication,
this paper might help you decide
which choice is best for you.
Compare the features of the available HTTP
The Oakland Software Java HTTP client:
- is the only HTTP client that supports pipelining and direct socket
access to the connection which are required
for maximum performance in high volume applications
(non-blocking I/O is coming soon).
is completely plug compatible
java.net.HttpURLConnection class. It is fully
contained in one JAR file with no dependencies,
and can be
installed by setting a single property.
is also fully supported; you will get
fast answers to your questions, and bugs will be fixed,
usually within a day or two.
A source license for the HTTP client is