Package http provides HTTP client and server implementations.

Get, Head, Post, and PostForm make HTTP (or HTTPS) requests:

resp, err := http.Get("")
resp, err := http.Post("", "image/jpeg", &buf)
resp, err := http.PostForm("",
	url.Values{"key": {"Value"}, "id": {"123"}})

The client must close the response body when finished with it:

resp, err := http.Get("")
if err != nil {
	// handle error
defer resp.Body.Close()
body, err := ioutil.ReadAll(resp.Body)
// ...

For control over HTTP client headers, redirect policy, and other settings, create a Client:

client := &http.Client{
	CheckRedirect: redirectPolicyFunc,

resp, err := client.Get("")
// ...

req, err := http.NewRequest("GET", "", nil)
// ...
req.Header.Add("If-None-Match", `W/"wyzzy"`)
resp, err := client.Do(req)
// ...

For control over proxies, TLS configuration, keep-alives, compression, and other settings, create a Transport:

tr := &http.Transport{
	TLSClientConfig:    &tls.Config{RootCAs: pool},
	DisableCompression: true,
client := &http.Client{Transport: tr}
resp, err := client.Get("")

Clients and Transports are safe for concurrent use by multiple goroutines and for efficiency should only be created once and re-used.

ListenAndServe starts an HTTP server with a given address and handler. The handler is usually nil, which means to use DefaultServeMux. Handle and HandleFunc add handlers to DefaultServeMux:

http.Handle("/foo", fooHandler)

http.HandleFunc("/bar", func(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
	fmt.Fprintf(w, "Hello, %q", html.EscapeString(r.URL.Path))

log.Fatal(http.ListenAndServe(":8080", nil))

More control over the server's behavior is available by creating a custom Server:

s := &http.Server{
	Addr:           ":8080",
	Handler:        myHandler,
	ReadTimeout:    10 * time.Second,
	WriteTimeout:   10 * time.Second,
	MaxHeaderBytes: 1 << 20,

The http package has transparent support for the HTTP/2 protocol when using HTTPS. Programs that must disable HTTP/2 can do so by setting Transport.TLSNextProto (for clients) or Server.TLSNextProto (for servers) to a non-nil, empty map. Alternatively, the following GODEBUG environment variables are currently supported:

GODEBUG=http2client=0  # disable HTTP/2 client support
GODEBUG=http2server=0  # disable HTTP/2 server support
GODEBUG=http2debug=1   # enable verbose HTTP/2 debug logs
GODEBUG=http2debug=2   # ... even more verbose, with frame dumps

The GODEBUG variables are not covered by Go's API compatibility promise. HTTP/2 support was added in Go 1.6. Please report any issues instead of disabling HTTP/2 support: