Generate a new project with the http4k Toolbox

We have developed a set of useful tools for Developers working with the http4k toolset to turbo-charge app development. Collectively, this is known as the http4k Toolbox. These tools include:

  • A Project Wizard that generates entire bootstrap Server and Serverless project source folders - including fully working starter code, build tooling, extra modules and packaging options.
  • From OpenAPI v2 & V3 specification JSON/YAML, generate an entire working http4k Server, Client and Model objects (generated from JSON Schema).
  • Generate Kotlin Data Class definitions from an inputted JSON, YAML, or XML document.

Integrate http4k into an existing project

This simple example demonstrates how to serve and consume HTTP services using http4k. To install, add these dependencies to your Gradle file:

dependencies {
    implementation platform("org.http4k:http4k-bom:")
    implementation "org.http4k:http4k-core"
    implementation "org.http4k:http4k-server-netty"
    implementation "org.http4k:http4k-client-apache"

The following creates a simple endpoint, binds it to a Netty server then starts, queries, and stops it.

package quickstart

import org.http4k.client.ApacheClient
import org.http4k.core.Method
import org.http4k.core.Request
import org.http4k.core.Response
import org.http4k.core.Status.Companion.OK
import org.http4k.server.Netty
import org.http4k.server.asServer

fun main() {
    val app = { request: Request -> Response(OK).body("Hello, ${request.query("name")}!") }

    val server = app.asServer(Netty(9000)).start()

    val client = ApacheClient()

    val request = Request(Method.GET, "http://localhost:9000").query("name", "John Doe")



See how it's done in the Examples Repo

For fully self-contained examples demonstrates the standout features of http4k, there is a GitHub repository at http4k/examples.

Single-line CD Bootstrap

Run the single command in the readme of this repo to create a HelloWorld http4k app with a full CD pipeline using Github -> TravisCI -> Heroku.