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Unirest is a set of lightweight HTTP libraries available in multiple languages.

Created with love by nijikokun @ mashape.com

Installing

To utilize unirest for node.js install the the npm module:

$ npm install unirest

After installing the npm package you can now start simplifying requests like so:

var unirest = require('unirest');

Creating Requests

You're probably wondering how by using Unirest makes creating requests easier. Besides automatically supporting gzip, and parsing responses, lets start with a basic working example:

unirest.post('http://httpbin.org/post')
.headers({ 'Accept': 'application/json' })
.send({ "parameter": 23, "foo": "bar" })
.end(function (response) {
  console.log(response.body);
});

Uploading Files

Transferring file data has been simplified:

unirest.post('http://httpbin.org/post')
.headers({ 'Accept': 'application/json' })
.field('parameter', 'value') // Form field
.attach('file', '/tmp/file') // Attachment
.end(function (response) {
  console.log(response.body);
});

Custom Entity Body

unirest.post('http://httpbin.org/post')
.headers({ 'Accept': 'application/json' })
.send(new Buffer([1,2,3]))
.end(function (response) {
  console.log(response.body);
});

Unirest

A request can be initiated by invoking the appropriate method on the unirest object, then calling .end() to send the request. Alternatively you can send the request directly by providing a callback along with the url.

unirest(method [, uri, headers, body, callback])

unirest[method](url [, headers, body, callback])

All arguments above, with the exclusion of url, will accept a Function as the callback. When no callback is present, the Request object will be returned.

get

Returns a Request object with the method option set to GET

var Request = unirest.get('http://httpbin.org/get');

head

Returns a Request object with the method option set to HEAD

var Request = unirest.head('http://httpbin.org/get');

post

Returns a Request object with the method option set to POST

var Request = unirest.post('http://httpbin.org/post');

patch

Returns a Request object with the method option set to PATCH

var Request = unirest.patch('http://httpbin.org/patch');

delete

Returns a Request object with the method option set to DELETE

var Request = unirest.delete('http://httpbin.org/delete');

unirest.jar()

Creates a container to store multiple cookies, i.e. a cookie jar.

var CookieJar = unirest.jar();
CookieJar.add(unirest.cookie('some value'));
unirest.get('http://httpbin.org/get').jar(CookieJar);

unirest.cookie(String)

Creates a cookie, see above for example.

unirest.request

mikeal/request library (the underlying layer of unirest-nodejs) for direct use.

Request

Provides simple and easy to use methods for manipulating the request prior to being sent. This object is created when a Unirest Method is invoked. This object contains methods that are chainable like other libraries such as jQuery and popular request module Superagent (which this library is modeled after slightly).

Example

var Request = unirest.post('http://httpbin.org/post');

Request.headers({
  'Accepts': 'application/json'
}).end(function (response) {
  ...
});

Request Methods

Request Methods differ from Option Methods (See Below) in that these methods transform, or handle the data in a sugared way, where as Option Methods require a more hands on approach.

Request.auth(Object) or (user, pass, sendImmediately)

Accepts either an Object containing user, pass, and optionally sendImmediately.

Object

Request.auth({
  user: 'Nijiko',
  pass: 'insecure',
  sendImmediately: true
});

Arguments

Request.auth('Nijiko', 'insecure', true);

Request.header(Object) or (field, value)

Suggested Method for setting Headers

Accepts either an Object containing header-name: value entries, or field and value arguments. Each entry is then stored in a two locations, one in the case-sensitive Request.options.headers and the other on a private _headers object that is case-insensitive for internal header lookup.

Object

Request.set({
  'Accepts': 'application/json',
  'User-Agent': 'Unirest Node.js'
})

Arguments

Request.set('Accepts', 'application/json');

Request.part(Object)

Experimental

Similiar to Request.multipart() except it only allows one object to be passed at a time and does the pre-processing on necessary body values for you.

Each object is then appended to the Request.options.multipart array.

Request.part({
  'content-type': 'application/json',
  body: { foo: 'bar' }
}).part({
  'content-type': 'text/html',
  body: '<strong>Hello World!</strong>'
});

Request.query(Object) or (String)

When Object is passed value is processed as a querystring representation, otherwise we directly use the String passed and append it to Request.options.url. If Request.options.url has a trailing ? already, we append it with & + value otherwise we append as ? + value

unirest.post('http://httpbin.org/get')
.query('name=nijiko')
.query({
  pet: 'spot'
})
.end(function (response) {
  console.log(response);
});

Request.send(Object | String)

Ease of use method for setting the body without having to worry about processing the data for popular formats such as JSON, Form Encoded, otherwise the body is set on Request.options as the given value.

By default sending strings with no Content-Type preset will set Content-Type to application/x-www-form-urlencoded, and multiple calls will be concatenated with &. Otherwise multiple calls will be appended to the previous body value.

JSON

unirest.post('http://httpbin.org/post')
.type('json')
.send({
  foo: 'bar',
  hello: 3
})
.end(function (response) {
  console.log(response.body);
})

FORM Encoded

// Body would be:
// name=nijiko&pet=turtle
unirest.post('http://httpbin.org/post')
.send('name=nijiko')
.send('pet=spot')
.end(function (response) {
  console.log(response.body);
});

HTML / Other

unirest.post('http://httpbin.org/post')
.set('Content-Type', 'text/html')
.send('<strong>Hello World!</strong>')
.end(function (response) {
  console.log(response.body);
});

Request.type(String)

Sets the header Content-Type through either lookup for extensions (xml, png, json, etc...) using mime or using the full value such as application/json.

Uses Request.header() to set header value.

Request.type('application/json') // Content-Type: application/json
Request.type('json') // Content-Type: application/json
Request.type('html') // Content-Type: text/html

Request Form Methods

The following methods are sugar methods for attaching files, and form fields. Instead of handling files and processing them yourself Unirest can do that for you.

Request.attach(Object) or (name, path)

Object should consist of name: 'path' otherwise use name and path.

Object

unirest.post('http://httpbin.org/post')
.headers({ 'Accept': 'application/json' })
.field({
  'parameter': 'value'
})
.attach({
  'file': 'dog.png',
  'relative file': fs.createReadStream(path.join(__dirname, 'dog.png'),
  'remote file': unirest.request('http://google.com/doodle.png')
})
.end(function (response) {
  console.log(response.body);
})

Arguments

unirest.post('http://httpbin.org/post')
.headers({ 'Accept': 'application/json' })
.field('parameter', 'value') // Form field
.attach('file', 'dog.png') // Attachment
.attach('remote file', fs.createReadStream(path.join(__dirname, 'dog.png')) // Same as above.
.attach('remote file', unirest.request('http://google.com/doodle.png'))
.end(function (response) {
  console.log(response.body);
});

Request.field(Object) or (name, value)

Object should consist of name: 'value' otherwise use name and value

See Request.attach for usage.

Request.options

The options object is where almost all of the request settings live. Each option method sugars to a field on this object to allow for chaining and ease of use. If you have trouble with an option method and wish to directly access the options object you are free to do so.

This object is modeled after the request libraries options that are passed along through its constructor.

Request Option Methods

Request.url(String)

Sets url location of the current request on Request.options to the given String

Request.url('http://httpbin.org/get');

Request.method(String)

Sets method value on Request.options to the given value.

Request.method('HEAD');

Request.form(Object)

Sets form object on Request.options to the given object.

When used body is set to the object passed as a querystring representation and the Content-Type header to application/x-www-form-urlencoded; charset=utf-8

Request.form({
  key: 'value'
});

Request.multipart(Array)

Experimental

Sets multipart array containing multipart-form objects on Request.options to be sent along with the Request.

Each objects property with the exclusion of body is treated as a header value. Each body value must be pre-processed if necessary when using this method.

Request.multipart([{
  'content-type': 'application/json',
  body: JSON.stringify({
    foo: 'bar'
  })
}, {
  'content-type': 'text/html',
  body: '<strong>Hello World!</strong>'
}]);

Request.maxRedirects(Number)

Sets maxRedirects, the number of redirects the current Request will follow, on Request.options based on the given value.

Request.maxRedirects(6)

Request.followRedirect(Boolean)

Sets followRedirect flag on Request.options for whether the current Request should follow HTTP redirects based on the given value.

Request.followRedirect(true);

Request.timeout(Number)

Sets timeout, number of milliseconds Request should wait for a response before aborting, on Request.options based on the given value.

Request.timeout(2000)

Request.encoding(String)

Sets encoding, encoding to be used on setEncoding of response data if set to null, the body is returned as a Buffer, on Request.options based on given value.

Request.encoding('utf-8')

Request.strictSSL(Boolean)

Sets strictSSL flag to require that SSL certificates be valid on Request.options based on given value.

Request.strictSSL(true);

Request.httpSignature(Object)

Sets httpSignature

Request.proxy(String)

Sets proxy, HTTP Proxy to be set on Request.options based on value.

Request.proxy('http://localproxy.com');

Request.secureProtocol(String)

Sets the secure protocol to use:

Request.secureProtocol('SSLv2_method');
// or 
Request.secureProtocol('SSLv3_client_method');

See openssl.org for all possible values.

Request.aws(Object)

Sets aws, AWS Signing Credentials, on Request.options

Request.aws({ 
  key: 'AWS_S3_KEY',
  secret: 'AWS_S3_SECRET',
  bucket: 'BUCKET NAME'
});

Request.oauth(Object)

Sets oauth, list of oauth credentials, on Request.options based on given object.

var Request = unirest.get('https://api.twitter.com/oauth/request_token');

Request.oauth({
  callback: 'http://mysite.com/callback/',
  consumer_key: 'CONSUMER_KEY',
  consumer_secret: 'CONSUMER_SECRET'
}).end(function (response) {
  var access_token = response.body;

  Request = unirest.post('https://api.twitter.com/oauth/access_token');
  Request.oauth({
    consumer_key: 'CONSUMER_KEY',
    consumer_secret: 'CONSUMER_SECRET',
    token: access_token.oauth_token,
    verifier: token: access_token.oauth_verifier
  }).end(function (response) {
    var token = response.body;

    Request = unirest.get('https://api.twitter.com/1/users/show.json');
    Request.oauth({
      consumer_key: 'CONSUMER_KEY',
      consumer_secret: 'CONSUMER_SECRET',
      token: token.oauth_token,
      token_secret: token.oauth_token_secret
    }).query({
      screen_name: token.screen_name,
      user_id: token.user_id
    }).end(function (response) {
      console.log(response.body);
    });
  })
});

Request.hawk(Object)

Sets hawk object on Request.options to the given object.

Hawk requires a field credentials as seen in their documentation, and below.

Request.hawk({
  credentials: {
    key: 'werxhqb98rpaxn39848xrunpaw3489ruxnpa98w4rxn',
    algorithm: 'sha256',
    user: 'Steve'
  }
});

Request.localAddress(String)

Sets localAddress, local interface to bind for network connections, on Request.options

Request.localAddress('127.0.0.1');
Request.localAddress('1.2.3.4');

Request.jar(Boolean) or Request.jar(Jar)

Sets jar, cookie container, on Request.options. When set to true it stores cookies for future usage.

See unirest.jar for more information on how to use Jar argument.

Request Aliases

Request.set

Alias for Request.header()

Request.headers

Alias for Request.header()

Request.redirects

Alias for Request.maxRedirects()

Request.redirect

Alias for Request.followRedirect()

Request.ssl

Alias for Request.strictSSL()

Request.ip

Alias for Request.localAddress()

Request.complete

Alias for Request.end()

Request.as.json

Alias for Request.end()

Request.as.binary

Alias for Request.end()

Request.as.string

Alias for Request.end()

Response

Upon ending a request, and recieving a Response the object that is returned contains a number of helpful properties to ease coding pains.

General

Status Information

response.cookie(name)

Sugar method for retrieving a cookie from the response.cookies object.

var CookieJar = unirest.jar();
CookieJar.add(unirest.cookie('another cookie=23'));

unirest.get('http://google.com').jar(CookieJar).end(function (response) {
  // Except google trims the value passed :/
  console.log(response.cookie('another cookie'));
});