The rawhttp-cli module is a CLI (command-line interface) that can send HTTP requests and serve local files via a RawHTTP server.


To run on Java 8 through 14:

curl -sSfL https://repo1.maven.org/maven2/com/athaydes/rawhttp/rawhttp-cli/1.4.0/rawhttp-cli-1.4.0-all.jar -o rawhttp-all.jar

To run on Java 17+:

A different jar is needed because Nashorn is not included in the JDK anymore, so it must be included in the jar:

curl -sSfL https://repo1.maven.org/maven2/com/athaydes/rawhttp/rawhttp-cli/1.4.0/rawhttp-cli-1.4.0-jdk17.jar -o rawhttp-jdk17.jar


Before we start, if your shell supports alias, create an alias for the command to run the RawHTTP CLI:

alias rawhttp="java -jar $(pwd)/rawhttp.jar"

Now, running the RawHTTP CLI is as easy as typing rawhttp.

The following sub-commands are supported:

To see information about a particular sub-command, send for example:

rawhttp help send

Using the send command

The send command has the purpose of sending out single HTTP requests.

By default, it prints the full HTTP response (including status line, headers, body) to stdout, but it can also print only parts of the response, and statistics about the request.


rawhttp send [options]


  * -f --file <file>
      read request from a file
  * -t --text <request-text>
      read request as text
  * -i --ignore-tls-cert
      ignore TLS certificate when connecting to servers.
  * -p --print-response-mode <option>
      option is one of: response|all|body|status|stats
        - response: (default) print the full response
        - all: print the full response and statistics about the request
        - body: print the response body
        - status: print the response status-line
        - stats: print statistics about the request
  * -l --log-request
      log the request
  * -b --body-text <text>
      replace message body with the text
  * -g --body-file <file>
      replace message body with the contents of the file

Statistics include the following information:

If no -f or -t options are given, a HTTP request is read from stdin.

Send a HTTP request from a file

rawhttp send -f my-request.req

Running this command will print the full HTTP response to stdout.

You can send the HTTP response to another file:

rawhttp send my-request.req > my-response.res

Or print statistics about it:

rawhttp send my-request.req -p stats

Connect time: 179.35 ms
First received byte time: 698.79 ms
Total response time: 713.03 ms
Bytes received: 464
Throughput (bytes/sec): 32572

Send a HTTP request from text

rawhttp send -t "
GET http://example.com/hello
User-Agent: my-client
Accept: text/html"

Send a HTTP request from stdin

If neither the -t nor the -f options are used, the request is read from stdin.

Just start typing:

rawhttp send
> GET http://example.com/hello
> User-Agent: my-client
> Accept: text/html

You can also pipe the request from another command:

cat my-request.req | rawhttp send

Use a file as message body

Assuming a JSON file called body.json exists in the working directory:

rawhttp send --body-file body.json -t "
POST http://example.com/hello
Accept: application/json
Content-Type: application/json

Using the run command

The run sub-command executes an HTTP file as defined by Jetbrains.


rawhttp run <http-file> [options]


  * -e --environment <name>
      the name of the environment to use
  * -c --cookiejar <file>
      the file to use as a cookie jar
  * -i --ignore-tls-cert
      ignore TLS certificate when connecting to servers.
  * -p --print-response-mode
      one of: response|all|body|status|stats
        - response: (default) print the full responses
        - all: print the full response and statistics about each request
        - body: print the response bodies
        - status: print the response status-lines
        - stats: print statistics about each request
  * -l --log-request
      log the request

The stats argument of the print-response-mode option works as for the send command.

Example HTTP file

The following shows an example HTTP file that sends a GET request, then a POST request:

# This is a HTTP file in the format specified in https://github.com/JetBrains/http-request-in-editor-spec
# You can run this file in IntelliJ IDEA, or using the rawhttp-cli.

### GET request with parameter
GET https://httpbin.org/get?show_env=1
Accept: application/json

> {%
client.test("Request executed successfully", function() {
  client.assert(response.status === 200, "Response status is not 200");
<> response.json

### Send POST request with body as parameters
POST https://httpbin.org/post
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff


> {%
client.test("Request executed successfully", function() {
  client.assert(response.status === 200, "Response status is not 200");
  client.assert(response.contentType.mimeType === 'application/json', "Not JSON: " + response.contentType);
  // validate the body
  var json = response.body;
  client.assert(json.form.id === '999', "Unexpected JSON: " + json);
  client.assert(json.form.value === 'content', "Unexpected JSON: " + json);
  client.assert(json.headers['X-Content-Type-Options'] === 'nosniff', "Unexpected JSON: " + json);

To run this file, say it’s called test.http:

rawhttp run test.http

Dynamic variables

Dynamic variables generate a value each time you run a request:

For example:

GET http://localhost/api/get?id={{$uuid}}


An environment is a JSON file which defines variables that can be used in HTTP files.

The file must be named http-client.env.json, and the http-client.private.env.json file holds the sensitive authorization data.

The top-level keys in the JSON object are the names of the environments. For example, the following file defines two environments, development and production:

    "development": {
        "host": "localhost",
        "id-value": 12345,
        "username": "joe",
        "password": "123",
        "my-var": "my-dev-value"

    "production": {
        "host": "example.com",
        "id-value": 6789,
        "username": "bob",
        "password": "345",
        "my-var": "my-prod-value"

The following request could be used with this environment:

GET http://{{host}}/api/json/get?id={{id-value}}
Authorization: Basic {{username}} {{password}}
Content-Type: application/json

"key": {{my-var}}

To run that with the development environment:

rawhttp run req.http -e development

Using the serve command

The serve command starts up a HTTP server to serve the contents of a directory.

Paths may match a file name with or without its extension. If more than one file exists with the same name but different extensions, the server attempts to use the request Accept header to disambiguate.


rawhttp serve <dir> [options]


  * -l --log-requests
      log requests received by the server
  * -m --media-types <file>
      use custom Media-Type mappings
  * -p --port <port-number>
      the port to listen on
  * -k --keystore
      the keystore to use for TLS connections.
  * -w --keystore-password
      the keystore password. Ignored if keystore not given.
  * -r --root-path <path>
      the path to use as the root path (not incl. in file path, only URL)

Serve files from a local directory

To serve the local directory public/ on the default port:

rawhttp serve public/

Enable a request logger (prints to stdout):

rawhttp serve public/ -l

Use a different port, say 8082, and accept only HTTPS by providing a keystore containing a TLS certificate:

rawhttp serve public/ -k mykeystore.jks -w password -p 8082

Provide custom media-type mapping

The CLI HTTP Server, by default, maps only a few common file extensions to a proper Media Type.

To override or just provide extra mappings, start the server with a --media-types flag:

rawhttp serve public/ --media-types my-media-types.properties

A properties file with mappings should contain entries where the key is a file extension, and the value a media-type. It might look something like this:

sql: application/sql
soap+xml: application/soap+xml
ac3: audio/ac3
3gpp: video/3gpp
mpeg: video/mpeg4-generic

Unmapped file extensions result in the Content-Type header being set to application/octet-stream.