Kamaelia docs : Kamaelia.Protocol.HTTP.HTTPParser

HTTP Parser

This component is for transforming HTTP requests or responses into multiple easy-to-use dictionary objects.

Unless you are implementing a new HTTP component you should not use this component directly. Either SimpleHTTPClient, HTTPServer (in conjuncton with SimpleServer) or SingleShotHTTPClient will likely serve your needs.

If you want to use it directly, note that it doesn't output strings but ParsedHTTPHeader, ParsedHTTPBodyChunk and ParsedHTTPEnd objects.

Example Usage

If you want to play around with parsing HTTP responses: (like a client):


If you want to play around with parsing HTTP requests: (like a server):



class HTTPParser(Axon.Component.component)

Component that transforms HTTP requests or responses from a single TCP connection into multiple easy-to-use dictionary objects.


  • control : UNUSED
  • inbox : Raw HTTP requests/responses


  • debug : Debugging information
  • outbox : HTTP request object
  • signal : UNUSED

Methods defined here


You should be using the inbox/outbox interface, not these methods (except construction). This documentation is designed as a roadmap as to their functionalilty for maintainers and new component developers.


Read once from inbox (generally a TCP connection) and add what is received to the readbuffer. This is somewhat inefficient for long lines maybe O(n^2)


Fetch the next complete line in the readbuffer, if there is one


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