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Getting started with a Ktor Client

Ktor includes a multiplatform asynchronous HTTP client, which allows you to make requests and handle responses, extend its functionality with plugins (formerly known as features), such as authentication, JSON serialization, and so on. In this tutorial, we'll create a simple client application for sending a request and receiving a response. We'll use IntelliJ IDEA to create the application.


Before starting this tutorial:

Create a new Gradle project

To try out a Ktor client in action, we'll create a Gradle project. Open IntelliJ IDEA, and follow the steps below:

  1. If the Welcome screen opens, click New Project.

    Otherwise, from the main menu, select File | New | Project.

  2. In the New Project wizard, choose Gradle from the list on the left.

  3. On the right pane, specify the following settings:

    Gradle Project Settings
    • Choose the Project SDK from the list.

    • (Optional) Enable the Kotlin DSL build script option to use Kotlin instead of Groovy DSL.

    • Select Kotlin/JVM in the Additional Libraries and Frameworks area.

    Click Next.

  4. On the next wizard page, specify the project name and click Finish.

    Project name
  5. Wait until IntelliJ IDEA creates and builds a project.


Add dependencies

The next thing we need is to install dependencies required for a Ktor client.

  1. Open the build.gradle or build.gradle.kts file and add the following artifacts to the dependencies block:

    dependencies { implementation "io.ktor:ktor-client-core:1.6.7" implementation "io.ktor:ktor-client-cio:1.6.7" }
    dependencies { implementation("io.ktor:ktor-client-core:1.6.7") implementation("io.ktor:ktor-client-cio:1.6.7") }

    ktor-client-core is a core dependency that provides the main client functionality, while ktor-client-cio is a dependency for an engine processing network requests.

  2. Click the Load Gradle Changes icon at the top right corner of the build.gradle/ build.gradle.kts file to install newly added dependencies.

    Load Gradle Changes

Create the Application.kt file

Now we are ready to create a client.

  1. Invoke the Project view and expand the src/main folder.

  2. Right-click the kotlin folder and choose New | Kotlin Class/File.

    Project view
  3. Specify a file name in the invoked popup and press Enter to create a Kotlin file.


    This will be Application.kt file in our case.

Create a client

Now we can add a client's code to the created Kotlin file.

  1. Add the following code to the Application.kt file:

    import io.ktor.client.* import io.ktor.client.engine.cio.* fun main() { val client = HttpClient(CIO) }

    A client is represented by the HttpClient class.

  2. To make a request to a specific URL, we need to call a client's method corresponding to an HTTP verb, for example, HttpClient.get. A response will be received as a HttpResponse class object.

    import io.ktor.client.* import io.ktor.client.engine.cio.* import io.ktor.client.request.* import io.ktor.client.statement.* fun main() { val client = HttpClient(CIO) val response: HttpResponse = client.get("https://ktor.io/") }
  3. After adding the code above, the IDE shows the following error for the get function: Suspend function 'get' should be called only from a coroutine or another suspend function.

    Suspend function error

    You can learn more about calling suspending functions from Coroutines basics. In the next step, we'll make our main function suspending to fix this issue.

  4. Click the red bulb and choose Make main suspend.

    Make main suspend
  5. Finally, add println to print a status code returned by a server. Note that you also need to release resources holding by a client using the close method. Our Application.kt file should look in the following way:

    import io.ktor.client.* import io.ktor.client.engine.cio.* import io.ktor.client.request.* import io.ktor.client.statement.* suspend fun main() { val client = HttpClient(CIO) val response: HttpResponse = client.get("https://ktor.io/") println(response.status) client.close() }

    In the next section, we'll run our program and make a request.

Run a program and make a request

Now we are ready to run our program a make a request.

  1. Click the gutter icon next to the main function and choose Run 'ApplicationKt'.

    Run app
  2. Wait until Intellij IDEA runs the application. A server should respond with the 200 OK (hopefully!) message.

    Server response
Last modified: 06 September 2021