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Use the REST Client tool window for testing a RESTful Web Service. The tool window is intended for composing and submitting test requests to Web service methods based on the service API, as well as for viewing and analyzing server responses.
IntelliJ IDEA supports integration between the code and the contents of the REST Client tool window controls.
On this page:
Common Request Settings
In this area, choose the request method and specify the data to compose the request URI from.
|HTTP method||In this drop-down list, specify the request method. The available options are:|
|Host/port||In this text box, type the URL address of the host where the target Web service is deployed and the port it listens to. By default, the port number is 80. If another port is used, specify it explicitly in the format <host URL>:<port number>.|
|Path||In this drop-down list, specify the relative path to the target method.|
|Item||Tooltip and shortcut||Description|
|Submit Request||Click this button to submit the generated test request to the server.|
|Replay Recent Requests||Click this button to have a Recent Requests pop-up list displayed and select the relevant request. The fields are filled in with the settings of the selected request. Click the Submit Request button .|
|Export Request||Click this button to have the current request settings saved in an XML file so they are available in another IntelliJ IDEA session. In the dialog box that opens, specify the name of the file to save the settings in and its parent folder. When necessary, you can retrieve the saved settings and run the request again.|
|Import Request||Click this button to have the settings of a previously saved request retrieved from an XML file. In the dialog box that opens, select the relevant XML file.|
|Update resource paths from code||Click this button to synchronize the contents of the Path drop-down list with the @Path annotations.|
|Configure HTTP Proxy||Click this button to specify proxy server settings in the dialog box that opens.|
|Close||Close the REST Client tool window.|
|Help||Show this page.|
The server response code and the content length are shown in the upper-right corner of the REST Client tool window.
Use this tab to specify the parameters to be passed to the service in the generated test request either through the query string for GET requests or through the request body for other request types. Also configure interaction between the client side and the Web service by specifying the format of data that the service and the client accept.
In this pane, specify the technical data included in the request header.
These data are passed through header fields and define the format of the input parameters (accept
the response format (content-type
the caching mechanism (cache-control field), etc.
To add a field to the list, click Add , then specify the field name in the Name text box and the field value in the Value drop-down list.
The set of fields and their values should comply with the Web service API. In other words, the specified input format should be exactly the one expected by the Web service as well as the expected response format should be exactly the one that the service returns.
For accept, content-type, and some other fields IntelliJ IDEA provides a list of suggested values. Choose the relevant format type from the Value drop-down list.
In this pane, specify the parameters to be passed to the target method through a query string inside the
URL. This approach is used for requests of the type GET.
By default, the pane shows an empty list with one line.
The pane is disabled when the GET request method is selected.
In this pane, specify the input parameters to be passed to the target method inside a request message body.
Use this tab to view responses from the Web service. By default, responses are shown in the plain text form. Use the icons of the tab to have them displayed in the editor in the HTML, XML, and JSON formats.
|View as HTML||Click this button to open a new tab in the main editor window and display there the response as HTML.|
|View as XML||Click this button to open a new tab in the main editor window and display there the server response as XML.|
|View as JSON||Click this button to open a new tab in the main editor window and display there the server response as JSON.|
|Open in browser||Click this button to view the response in your default Web browser.|
Response Headers Tab
The tab shows the technical data provided in the headers of Web service responses.