What’s this?

Rack::Client is an HTTP client that aims to be a good Rack citizen.


To install the latest release as a gem:

sudo gem install rack-client
Then in Ruby:
require “rubygems”; require “rack/client” # and you’re off!

Rack responses

Rack::Client can be used to make HTTP requests to any type of server, not just ones using Rack. However, when a request is made then a proper Rack response (specifically a Rack::MockResponse) object is returned. For Rubyists, this means you don’t need to learn yet another interface and can just stick with Rack both on the server, test, and client side of things.

response = Rack::Client.get("http://some-website.com/blah.txt")
response.status #=> 200
response.body #=> "some body"


Rack::Client is actually a subclass of Rack::Builder. This means that Rack::Client objects yield actual Rack apps. More importantly, this means you can reuse existing Rack middleware on the client side too (but also feel free to make new middleware that only makes sense on the client side under the Rack::Client namespace). Note that by default Rack::Client will “run” Rack::Client::HTTP as an endpoint, but this will not be performed if you specify your own “run” endpoint.

client = Rack::Client.new { use Rack::ETag }
response = client.get("http://localhost:9292/no-etag")

Rack::Test compatibility

Rack::Client reuses a lot of Rack::Test to provide users with a familiar interface. What’s even cooler is that you can use a Rack::Client object as your “app” in Rack::Test. This means that you can test-drive an application with Rack::Test, then when ready actually run your Rack app, switch your Rack::Test “app” to a Rack::Client, and get free full-blown integration testing! Note that the integration-tested server does not need to be all-Rack, so you can develop quickly with middleware like Rack::Cache but then remove it and integration test with a dedicated cache server like Varnish.

# NOTE: For a complete example, look in the "demo" directory
describe Demo, "/store resource" do
  include Rack::Test::Methods
  def app
    # replace this with Rack::Client.new
    # for integration testing
  # ... etc


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