HandleHttpRequest in Data Integration

Starts an HTTP Server and listens for HTTP Requests. For each request, creates a FlowFile and transfers to ‘success’. This Processor is designed to be used in conjunction with the HandleHttpResponse Processor in order to create a Web Service


HTTP, HTTPS, request, listen, ingress, web service


In the list below, the names of required properties appear in bold. Any other properties (not in bold) are considered optional. The table also indicates any default values.

Name Default Value Allowable Values Description
Listening Port 80 The Port to listen on for incoming HTTP requests
Hostname The Hostname to bind to. If not specified, will bind to all hosts
SSL Context Service Controller Service API:
The SSL Context Service to use in order to secure the server. If specified, the server will accept only HTTPS requests; otherwise, the server will accept only HTTP requests
HTTP Context Map Controller Service API:
The HTTP Context Map Controller Service to use for caching the HTTP Request Information
Allowed Paths A Regular Expression that specifies the valid HTTP Paths that are allowed in the incoming URL Requests. If this value is specified and the path of the HTTP Requests does not match this Regular Expression, the Processor will respond with a 404: NotFound
Default URL Character Set UTF-8 The character set to use for decoding URL parameters if the HTTP Request does not supply one
Allow GET true * true
* false
Allow HTTP GET Method
Allow POST true * true
* false
Allow HTTP POST Method
Allow PUT true * true
* false
Allow HTTP PUT Method
Allow DELETE true * true
* false
Allow HTTP DELETE Method
Allow HEAD false * true
* false
Allow HTTP HEAD Method
Allow OPTIONS false * true
* false
Additional HTTP Methods A comma-separated list of non-standard HTTP Methods that should be allowed
Client Authentication No Authentication *No Authentication
*Want Authentication
*Need Authentication
Specifies whether or not the Processor should authenticate clients. This value is ignored if the <SSL Context Service> Property is not specified or the SSL Context provided uses only a KeyStore and not a TrustStore.


Name Description
success All content that is received is routed to the 'success' relationship

Reads Attributes:

None specified.

Writes Attributes:

Name Description
http.context.identifier An identifier that allows the HandleHttpRequest and HandleHttpResponse to coordinate which FlowFile belongs to which HTTP Request/Response.
mime.type The MIME Type of the data, according to the HTTP Header "Content-Type"
http.servlet.path The part of the request URL that is considered the Servlet Path
http.context.path The part of the request URL that is considered to be the Context Path
http.method The HTTP Method that was used for the request, such as GET or POST
http.query.string The query string portion of hte Request URL
http.remote.host The hostname of the requestor
http.remote.addr The hostname:port combination of the requestor
http.remote.user The username of the requestor
http.request.uri The full Request URL
http.auth.type The type of HTTP Authorization used
http.principal.name The name of the authenticated user making the request
http.subject.dn The Distinguished Name of the requestor. This value will not be populated unless the Processor is configured to use an SSLContext Service
http.issuer.dn The Distinguished Name of the entity that issued the Subject's certificate. This value will not be populated unless the Processor is configured to use an SSLContext Service
http.headers.XXX Each of the HTTP Headers that is received in the request will be added as an attribute, prefixed with "http.headers." For example, if the request contains an HTTP Header named "x-my-header", then the value will be added to an attribute named "http.headers.x-my-header"

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Usage Description:

The pairing of this Processor with a HandleHttpResponse Processor provides the ability to use NiFi to visually construct a web server that can carry out any functionality that is available through the existing Processors. For example, one could construct a Web-based front end to an SFTP Server by constructing a flow such as:

HandleHttpRequest -> PutSFTP -> HandleHttpResponse

The HandleHttpRequest Processor provides several Properties to configure which methods are supported, the paths that are supported, and SSL configuration.