Utilities exposed by ktor

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Handling URL-encoded properties

Ktor exposes a few extension methods for parsing and generating url-encoded strings (application/x-www-form-urlencoded).

URL-encoded strings looks like this: param=value&other=hi.


There is an extension method for String that allows to get a parsed Parameters object from it. You can limit the maximum number of parsed parameters with the optional limit parameter.

fun String.parseUrlEncodedParameters(defaultEncoding: Charset = Charsets.UTF_8, limit: Int = 1000): Parameters


Either from a List of Pairs of strings or a Parameters instance, you can generate an url-encoded string.

fun List<Pair<String, String?>>.formUrlEncode(): String
fun List<Pair<String, String?>>.formUrlEncodeTo(out: Appendable)
fun Parameters.formUrlEncode(): String
fun Parameters.formUrlEncodeTo(out: Appendable)

You can construct a URL-encoded string, from List<Pair<String, String>> like this:

	"error" to "invalid_request",
	"error_description" to "client_id is missing"

You can also construct it from a Parameters instance, that you can instantiate by using the Parameters.build builder, and then calling the formUrlEncode extension, or with the parametersOf() builder method:

Parameters.build {
	append("error", "invalid_request")
	append("error_description", "client_id is missing")

The parametersOf builder has several signatures and there is Parameters operator overloading for + to join two Parameters instances:

parametersOf("a" to "b1", "a" to "b2").formUrlEncode()
(parametersOf("a", "b1") + parametersOf("a", "b2")).formUrlEncode()
parametersOf("a", listOf("b1", "b2")).formUrlEncode()

From a normal Map<String, String>, you can also construct a URL encoded string, but you will have first to make a list from it:

	"error" to "invalid_request",
	"error_description" to "client_id is missing"

URL encoded strings allow to have repeated keys, if you use a Map<String, String> as base, you won’t be able to represent repeated keys.

You can also construct it from a Map<String, List<String>> by flatMapping it first:

    "error" to listOf("invalid_request"),
    "error_descriptions" to listOf("client_id is missing", "server error")
).flatMap { map -> map.value.map { map.key to it } }.formUrlEncode()

In the case you want to avoid constructing a whole String with the content, and want to write to somewhere directly, you can use the formUrlEncodeTo methods instead.

Responding URL-encoded

You can do something like:

call.respondUrlEncoded("hello" to listOf("world"))

by adding the following extension methods to your project:

suspend fun ApplicationCall.respondUrlEncoded(vararg keys: Pair<String, List<String>>) =

suspend fun ApplicationCall.respondUrlEncoded(parameters: Parameters) =
    respondWrite(ContentType.Application.FormUrlEncoded) {