How to make HTTP requests in Flutter

4 min readMay 18, 2019

Making GET, POST, PUT, PATCH, and DELETE requests

This article tells how to make HTTP requests using the http package by the Dart team. We will be using JSONPlaceholder as a target for our API examples below. Thanks to this post for the idea.

GET     /posts
GET /posts/1
POST /posts
PUT /posts/1
PATCH /posts/1
DELETE /posts/1

I’ll demonstrate these with a simple app. You can find the code at the end of the article.


Add the http package dependency in pubspec.yaml.

http: ^0.13.3

Then add the following import at the top of the file where you’ll be making the HTTP requests:

import 'package:http/http.dart';

For the methods below, I’ll use the following URL prefix:

static const urlPrefix = '';

GET requests

A GET request is used to get some resource from a server.

Future<void> makeGetRequest() async {
final url = Uri.parse('$urlPrefix/posts');
Response response = await get(url);
print('Status code: ${response.statusCode}');
print('Headers: ${response.headers}');
print('Body: ${response.body}');

The get method above is part of the http library and makes the actual request. The response that you get back contains the information you need.

Now replace /posts with /posts/1 in the url. Using /posts returns an array of JSON objects while /posts/1 returns a single JSON object, where 1 is the ID of the post you want to get.

You can use dart:convert to convert the raw JSON string to objects. See Parsing Simple JSON in Flutter and Dart for help with that.

POST request

A POST request is used to create a new resource.

Future<void> makePostRequest() async {
final url = Uri.parse('$urlPrefix/posts');
final headers = {"Content-type": "application/json"}…

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