Send cookie with HTTP request

This is an example of how to send a cookie with an HTTP request in Java. In short, to send cookies with HTTP requests one should :

  • Create a URL Object that represents the resource you want to access
  • Use the openConnection() API method of the URL Object to access connection specific parameters for the HTTP request
  • Use the setRequestProperty() API method from the connection Object to set a Name-Value pair representing the cookie to be used for the specific HTTP request. You can set several Name-Value pairs as the value of the specific cookie separated by semi-colons

as shown in the code snippet below.

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;

import java.net.URL;
import java.net.URLConnection;

public class SendCookieWithHTTPRequest {
	public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
		URL url = new URL("http://www.google.com:80");
	    URLConnection conn = url.openConnection();

	    // Set the cookie value to send
	    conn.setRequestProperty("Cookie", "name1=value1; name2=value2");

	    // Send the request to the server


This was an example of how to send cookies with HTTP requests in Java.

Ilias Tsagklis

Ilias is a software developer turned online entrepreneur. He is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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