What are the HTTP request methods, and what is the difference between them?


What are the HTTP request methods, among which are GET , POST and DELETE ? What should each of them be used for, and what is the difference between them?


  • GET : Require a representation of the specified resource (The same resource can have multiple representations, for example services that return XML and JSON).
  • HEAD : Returns the headers of a response (without the body containing the resource)
  • POST : Sends an entity and requests that the server accept it as a subordinate of the resource identified by the URI.
  • PUT : Require an entity to be stored under the given URI. If the URI refers to a resource that already exists, it is modified; if the URI does not point to an existing resource, then the server can create the resource with that URI.
  • DELETE : Deletes the specified resource.
  • TRACE : Echoes back the incoming request to the client to see if there were any changes and additions made by intermediate servers.
  • OPTIONS : Returns the HTTP methods the server supports for the specified URL.
  • CONNECT : Converts the connection request to a transparent TCP/IP tunnel, usually to facilitate SSL-encrypted (HTTPS) communication through an unencrypted HTTP proxy.
  • PATCH : Used to apply partial modifications to a feature.

Source: Wikipedia – Hypertext Transfer Protocol

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