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Voropaeva_Kris
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6 years ago

Body in GET requests

Hello! How I can use the body with json-structure in GET requests? I haven't MediaType place on GET requests so I haven't place, which I can use for my request body.

Can I send body in GET response? How I can do it if it's possible?

  • Hey Voropaeva_Kris 

     

    Right - all the HTTP and w3c rules around the GET method indicate you don't include a payload with a GET - you filter your GET based on the parameters on the request (URI/Template, Query and occasionally Header parms also).

     

    REST rules apparently don't define things as tightly as that - they just indicate use whatever method gets the job done, but as I say a GET request is filtered by the parms - not by a payload.

     

    Someone else asked this quite recently on the board.

     

    There are certain times that you have to switch the method from a GET to say a POST (if the query parms and values become too lengthy to be encoded) and this would allow you to create a payload with your GET request - cos essentially it wouldn't be a GET anymore - but a POST.

     

    Yes Postman does allow you to create a payload for a GET, but that's only because there's less field validation in Postman than SoapUI/ReadyAPI!

     

    Including a GET on a payload has always been considered a faux pas in the places I've worked.

     

    Are you sure you need to include a payload on yoru GET request?  if I were you, I'd go back to the developers and query why they think you need a payload for a GET as this deviates from all the standard rules around GET requests - see w3c, etc.

     

    Hence this is why SoapUI/ReadyAPI! doesn't include any MediaType dropdown for the GET request - it was developed with the understanding you don't include a payload with a GET request, so you don't need to define the type!

     

    Thanks,

     

    richie

     

     

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    richie
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    Hey Voropaeva_Kris 

     

    Right - all the HTTP and w3c rules around the GET method indicate you don't include a payload with a GET - you filter your GET based on the parameters on the request (URI/Template, Query and occasionally Header parms also).

     

    REST rules apparently don't define things as tightly as that - they just indicate use whatever method gets the job done, but as I say a GET request is filtered by the parms - not by a payload.

     

    Someone else asked this quite recently on the board.

     

    There are certain times that you have to switch the method from a GET to say a POST (if the query parms and values become too lengthy to be encoded) and this would allow you to create a payload with your GET request - cos essentially it wouldn't be a GET anymore - but a POST.

     

    Yes Postman does allow you to create a payload for a GET, but that's only because there's less field validation in Postman than SoapUI/ReadyAPI!

     

    Including a GET on a payload has always been considered a faux pas in the places I've worked.

     

    Are you sure you need to include a payload on yoru GET request?  if I were you, I'd go back to the developers and query why they think you need a payload for a GET as this deviates from all the standard rules around GET requests - see w3c, etc.

     

    Hence this is why SoapUI/ReadyAPI! doesn't include any MediaType dropdown for the GET request - it was developed with the understanding you don't include a payload with a GET request, so you don't need to define the type!

     

    Thanks,

     

    richie