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400 Bad request from Http request using java

I am following the “4. Java Socket Client Example: a HTTP Client” instruction from in my Mac using IntelliJ.

The Http config is as easy as:

            PrintWriter writer = new PrintWriter(output, true);

            writer.println("HEAD " + url.getPath() + " HTTP/1.1");
            writer.println("Host: " + hostname);
            writer.println("User-Agent: Simple Http Client");
            writer.println("Accept: text/html");
            writer.println("Accept-Language: en-US");
            writer.println("Connection: close");

I copied the code without any change in the IntelliJ to test how would it work. However, after I did “java” and “java HttpClient” as indicated, what I got is:

HTTP/1.1 400 Bad Request
Date: Mon, 04 May 2020 07:51:30 GMT
Server: Apache
Content-Length: 420
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1

<title>400 Bad Request</title>
<h1>Bad Request</h1>
<p>Your browser sent a request that this server could not understand.<br />
<p>Additionally, a 400 Bad Request
error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.</p>
<address>Apache Server at Port 80</address>

I tried many solutions but none of them works for me. The only problem I found is that the HttpClient.class compiled with java version 11 missed lines of

writer.println("HEAD " + url.getPath() + " HTTP/1.1");
writer.println("Host: " + hostname);

then I changed java version to 1.8 it added the missing lines, but the error did not change. The interesting thing is, one of my friend doing the same thing in windows got everything as expected.

Any help would be appreciated.



The issue is how new lines are printed on Windows and Mac, Windows treats new lines as 2 characters, CR – Carriage return (“r”) + LF- Line feed (“n”) "rn", Mac prints new lines as LF("n") only. HTTP requests expects each line to be separated by CRLF "rn", what your code is printing is just "n" on Mac and "rn" on Windows that is why it works as expected on Windows platform.

To make it work on both Windows and Mac try the following code:

            PrintWriter writer = new PrintWriter(output, true);

        writer.print("HEAD " + url.getPath() + " HTTP/1.1rn");
        writer.print("Host: " + hostname+"rn");
        writer.print("User-Agent: Simple Http Clientrn");
        writer.print("Accept: text/htmlrn");
        writer.print("Accept-Language: en-USrn");
        writer.print("Connection: closern");
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