Responses can be used to capture values to perform subsequent requests, or add asserts to HTTP responses. Response on requests are optional, a Hurl file can just consist of a sequence of requests.

A response describes the expected HTTP response, with mandatory version and status, followed by optional headers, captures, asserts and body. Assertions in the expected HTTP response describe values of the received HTTP response. Captures capture values from the received HTTP response and populate a set of named variables that can be used in the following entries.



HTTP 200
Last-Modified: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:28:00 GMT
xpath "normalize-space(//head/title)" startsWith "Welcome"
xpath "//li" count == 18


HTTP 200
content-length: 206
accept-ranges: bytes
user-agent: Test
  "type": "FOO",
  "value": 356789,
  "ordered": true,
  "index": 10

Capture and Assertion

With the response section, one can optionally capture value from headers, body, or add assert on status code, body or headers.

Body compression

Hurl outputs the raw HTTP body to stdout by default. If response body is compressed (using br, gzip, deflate), the binary stream is output, without any modification. One can use --compressed option to request a compressed response and automatically get the decompressed body.

Captures and asserts work automatically on the decompressed body, so you can request compressed data (using Accept-Encoding header by example) and add assert and captures on the decoded body as if there weren’t any compression.