Path: README.txt
Last Update: Sat Nov 08 10:32:41 -0500 2008



Makes http fun again!


  • Easy get, post, put, delete requests
  • Basic http authentication
  • Default request query string parameters (ie: for api keys that are needed on each request)
  • Automatic parsing of JSON and XML into ruby hashes based on response content-type


The following is a simple example of wrapping Twitter‘s API for posting updates.

        class Twitter
          include HTTParty
          base_uri ''
          basic_auth 'username', 'password'
        end'/statuses/update.json', :query => {:status => "It's an HTTParty and everyone is invited!"})

That is really it! The object returned is a ruby hash that is decoded from Twitter‘s json response. JSON parsing is used because of the .json extension in the path of the request. You can also explicitly set a format (see the examples).

That works and all but what if you don‘t want to embed your username and password in the class? Below is an example to fix that:

        class Twitter
          include HTTParty
          base_uri ''

          def initialize(u, p)
            @auth = {:username => u, :password => p}

          def post(text)
            options = { :query => {:status => text}, :basic_auth => @auth }
  '/statuses/update.json', options)
        end'username', 'password').post("It's an HTTParty and everyone is invited!")


Each of the HTTP method (get, post, put and delete) each take a hash of options. The following keys can be specified in the options:

headers:A Hash of header key/value pairs
query:A Hash of query key/value pairs
body:The body of the request. If it‘s a Hash, it is converted into query-string format, otherwise it is sent as-is.
basic_auth:A Hash containing keys for :username and :password.
no_follow:Turns off automatic redirect following


  • Active Support >= 2.1


  • sudo gem install httparty