Sending requests and receiving responses is not enough when we have to emulate browsing through a website. For example, we might need to login, capture and carry-on the cookies to preserve the session, follow the redirects, make requests to get dynamic content... in the same way as a real web browser.

HttpSession is a tool just for that. It sends requests for you, handles 301 and 302 redirections automatically, reads and preserves cookies across the requests, and so on.

Usage is simple:

HttpSession session = new HttpSession();

HttpRequest request = HttpRequest.get("");

// request is sent, and response is received

// process the HTML page
String page = session.getPage();

// create a new request
HttpRequest newRequest =;


HttpSession instance handles all the cookies, allowing the session to be tracked while browsing using HTTP and supports keep-alive persistent connections.

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