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Java http call returning response code: 501

I am having an issue with this error:

**Server returned HTTP response code: 501 for URL: http://dev1:8080/data/xml/01423_01.xml**      

See this code:

   private static Map sendRequest(String hostName, String serviceName) throws Exception {
         Map assets = null;
         HttpURLConnection connection = null;

         Authenticator.setDefault(new Authenticator());

         URL serviceURL = new URL(hostName + "/" + serviceName);
         connection = (HttpURLConnection)serviceURL.openConnection();
         ClientHttpRequest postRequest = new ClientHttpRequest(connection);

         InputStream input = null;


         At line input =; I get the following error
         Server returned HTTP response code: 501 for URL: http://dev1:8080/data/xml/01423_01.xml

         Yet if I enter that url in my browser it opens up fine.  
         Is this a common problem? Is there some type of content type I need to set?
         input =;
         return assets;


A 501 response means “not implemented”, and is usually taken to mean that the server didn’t understand the HTTP method that you used (e.g. get, post, etc).

I don’t recognise ClientHttpRequest , but you have a line that says


and then a line that says

input =;

I’m not sure what post() actually does, but does that mean send a POST request? If so, then that contradicts the GET specified in the first line.

Either way, the server is saying that it doesn’t under the GET or the POST method, whichever one your code is actually sending. You need to find out what method the server does support for that URL, and use that.