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What Is the HTTP Interface?

The MATLAB® HTTP Interface provides functionality to issue properly structured HTTP requests and process their responses. You can also use the RESTful web services functions, webread and webwrite, to make HTTP requests. However, some interactions with a web service are more complex and require functionality not supported by these functions.

The HTTP interface is designed for programmatic use in scripts and functions. The interface is an object model for HTTP data structures. It includes classes for messages, their headers and fields, and other entities defined in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF®) standards. For more information, see the Request for Comments (RFC) documents RFC 7230, RFC 7231, RFC 7235, RFC 2617 and RFC 6265. The interface contains functions that implement semantics of HTTP messaging and utilities for processing the data sent and received. It also contains support classes required to process, transmit, and receive messages.

The interface is based on the HTTP/1.1 protocol.

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