Makes http fun again!


gem install httparty


  • multi_json and multi_xml
  • You like to party!


# Use the class methods to get down to business quickly
response = HTTParty.get('')
puts response.body, response.code, response.message, response.headers.inspect

response.each do |item|
  puts item['user']['screen_name']

# Or wrap things up in your own class
class Twitter
  include HTTParty
  base_uri ''

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

  # which can be :friends, :user or :public
  # options[:query] can be things like since, since_id, count, etc.
  def timeline(which=:friends, options={})
    options.merge!({:basic_auth => @auth})
    self.class.get("/statuses/#{which}_timeline.json", options)

  def post(text)
    options = { :body => {:status => text}, :basic_auth => @auth }'/statuses/update.json', options)

twitter =['email'], config['password'])
pp twitter.timeline

See the examples directory for even more goodies.

Command Line Interface

httparty also includes the executable httparty which can be used to query web services and examine the resulting output. By default it will output the response as a pretty-printed Ruby object (useful for grokking the structure of output). This can also be overridden to output formatted XML or JSON. Execute httparty --help for all the options. Below is an example of how easy it is.

httparty ""

Help and Docs


  • Fork the project.
  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.
  • Add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Commit, do not mess with rakefile, version, or history. (if you want to have your own version, that is fine but bump version in a commit by itself in another branch so I can ignore when I pull)
  • Send me a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.