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This function is used in Python Scripting.


Retrieves the document at the given URL using the HTTP GET protocol. The document is returned as a string. For example, if you use the URL of a website, you'll get the same thing you'd get by going to that website in a browser and using the browser's "View Source" function.

Client Permission Restrictions

This scripting function has no Client Permission restrictions.

Syntax, connectTimeout, readTimeout, username, password, headerValues, bypassCertValidation, useCaches, throwOnError)

  • Parameters

String url - The URL to retrieve.

Integer connectTimeout - The timeout for connecting to the URL. In milliseconds. Default is 10,000.

Integer readTimeout - The read timeout for the get operation. In milliseconds. Default is 60,000.

String username - If specified, the call will attempt to authenticate with basic HTTP authentication.

String password - The password used for basic HTTP authentication, if the username parameter is also present.

PyDictionary headerValues - Optional - A dictionary of name/value pairs that will be set in the HTTP header.

Boolean bypassCertValidation - Optional - If the target address is an HTTPS address, and this parameter is True, the system will bypass all SSL certificate validation. This is not recommended, though is sometimes necessary for self-signed certificates.

Boolean useCaches - Optional - Will cache the information returned by the httpGet call. If using this for something that constantly updates like an rss feed, it would be better to set this to False. Default is True.

Boolean throwOnError Optional - Set to False if you wish to get the error body rather than a Python exception if the GET request returns an error code (non-200 responsive). Default is True.

  • Returns

String - The content found at the given URL.

  • Scope


If you are using JSON, check out the system.util.jsonEncode and system.util.jsonDecode.

Code Examples
Code Snippet
# This code would return the source for Google's homepage
source ="")
print source
Code Snippet
# This code would query Yahoo Weather for the temperature in Sacramento, CA
# and then find the current temperature using a regular expression
response ="*%20from%20weather.forecast%20where%20woeid%3D2489314")
# import Python's regular expression library
import re
# NOTE - if you've never seen regular expressions before, don't worry, they look
# confusing even to people who use them frequently.
pattern = re.compile('.*?<yweather:condition (.*?)/>', re.DOTALL)
match = pattern.match(response)
if match:
   subText =
   condition = re.compile('.*?text="(.*?)"').match(subText).group(1)
   temp = re.compile('.*?temp="(.*?)"').match(subText).group(1)
   print "Condition: ", condition
   print "Temperature (F): ", temp
   print 'Weather service format changed'
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