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http4s-jdk-http-client is a http4s-client implementation based on the introduced in Java 11.


To use http4s-jdk-http-client in an existing SBT project, add the following dependency to your build.sbt:

libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
  "org.http4s" %% "http4s-jdk-http-client" % "0.2.0-SNAPSHOT"


  • Requires Java 11 or greater
  • Built for Scala 2.11, 2.12 and 2.13
  • Works with http4s-client-0.21.0-M1

Creating the client


A default JDK HTTP client can be created with a call to simple for any ConcurrentEffect type, such as cats.effect.IO:

import cats.effect.IO
import org.http4s.client.Client
import org.http4s.client.jdkhttpclient.JdkHttpClient

// A `Timer` and `ContextShift` are necessary for a `ConcurrentEffect[IO]`.
// They come for free when you use `cats.effect.IOApp`:
import cats.effect.{ContextShift, Timer}
implicit val timer: cats.effect.Timer[IO] = IO.timer(global)
implicit val cs: cats.effect.ContextShift[IO] = IO.contextShift(global)

val client: IO[Client[IO]] = JdkHttpClient.simple[IO]

Custom clients

A JDK HTTP client can be passed to JdkHttpClient.apply for use as an http4s-client backend. It is a good idea to create the HttpClient in an effect, as it creates a default executor and SSL context:

import{InetSocketAddress, ProxySelector}

val client0: IO[Client[IO]] = IO {
    .proxy(ProxySelector.of(new InetSocketAddress("www-proxy", 8080)))


The client instance contains shared resources such as a connection pool, and should be passed as an argument to code that uses it:

import cats.effect._
import cats.implicits._
import org.http4s._
def fetchStatus[F[_]](c: Client[F], uri: Uri): F[Status] =
  c.status(Request[F](Method.GET, uri = uri))

  .flatMap(c => fetchStatus(c, uri""))
// res0: Either[Throwable, Status] = Right(Status(200))
Failure to share

Contrast with this alternate definition of fetchStatus, which would create a new HttpClient instance on every invocation:

def fetchStatusInefficiently[F[_]: ConcurrentEffect](uri: Uri): F[Status] =
  JdkHttpClient.simple[F].flatMap(_.status(Request[F](Method.GET, uri = uri)))


Clients created with this back end do not need to be shut down.

Further reading

For more details on the http4s-client, please see the [core client documentation][client].