Would love to see some examples on getting remote webpage content with drupal http request. I have plenty of examples easily with Google with curl, but yet to find one with this drupal function.

Also, would CURL be better for getting remote content?

3 Answers 3


First, you can read the documentation about drupal_http_request() its pretty well documented and it will help you.

But for simple application, you can just do it like that.

$result = drupal_http_request('http://google.com/');
if (in_array( $result->code, array(200, 304))) {
  // Use $result->data for the content
else {
  // Error $result->code

// Also you can see all content from $result with
// if you had installed Devel Module and enable it
// dsm($result)
// or simply like that drupal_set_message('<pre>' . print_r($result, 1) . '</pre>');
  • Much appreciated. I am part of the copy and paste generation :) Prefer that to long docs :P
    – giorgio79
    Oct 6, 2011 at 7:49
  • 2
    The 'long docs' is what makes Drupal usable in the first place. You have 2 paragraphs explaining function definition and parameters, after that links to 14 code examples using that particular function, this is not long documentation friend. With all the ton of respect I have for SO, it is not a replacement for proper documentation. Much more info for you to digest in the docs, and you can be sure it's the real deal, for about the same amount of time. ( My 2 cents. ) SO is precious to me when the docs are unclear, or there is a void ... ;) Dec 17, 2011 at 9:33

You could also try using the Webclient module (for D7). Here is a quote about it (from the module's project page):

This is a library module. It provides no out of the box functionality other then providing an API that other modules can use.

The Webclient API is seperated into three major components:

  • Webclient
  • Webclient Formatters
  • Webclient Proxy

All of the above components were translated to seperate modules so that developers can create a dependency with the functionality they need.


Im using this code without any problem.

$base_url = 'http://route to Ws';
$data = array(
  'key' => 'foo';
  'mail' => $mail,

$data = drupal_json_encode($data);
$options = array(
'headers' => array(
  'Content-Type' => 'application/json',
'method' => 'POST',
'data' => $data
$response = drupal_http_request($base_url, $options);
$data = json_decode($response->data);
// Check if login was successful
if ($response->status == 'valid' {
return TRUE;

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