Content (HttpResponse function)

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Get raw HTTP response data (HttpResponse class)

The Content method lets you access the document/content from Get, Post, and Send operations. Content returns the entire document into a Longstring with no parsing: you receive the raw bytes as they were returned from the HTTP request, with the option of ASCII-to-EBCDIC translation.


%string = httpResponse:Content[( [number])]

Syntax terms

%string A longstring variable to receive the current document/content.
httpResponse A reference to an HttpResponse object that was returned by a Get, Post, or Send method of an HttpRequest object.
number An optional, numeric expression that, if nonzero, indicates binary data. Setting this option overrides the default behavior, which is to translate ASCII data to EBCDIC.

Usage notes

  • Invoke Content only if a successful HTTP transaction has occurred, that is, if the Success value is True. If Content is called after an unsuccessful operation, the request is cancelled.
  • If the content type header indicates HTML, XML, or plain text, ASCII-to-EBCDIC translation is performed. If the CLSOCK port definition specifies a translation table for ASCII-to-EBCDIC, that table is used instead of the default.


In the following fragment, an HTTPResponse object receives a .PDF file from a remote URL into a Longstring, leaving the data in binary format:

%httpreq is object httpRequest %httpresp is object httpResponse %pdf is longstring %url is longstring ... %httpreq = new %httpreq:url = %url %httpresp = %httpreq:get if (%httpresp:Success) then %pdf = %httpresp:content(1) ...

See also

  • For information about returning response contents into a Stringlist, see the ContentToStringlist method.