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Adding HTTP Headers to a SOAP Request

We'll use a custom CXF interceptor to add these headers.

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Let’s assume that we want to make a SOAP call to a service at http://localhost:8080/samplewebservices/echoserviceinterface, and it requires that we add an API / Access token as an HTTP header, we can do it this way:


Endpoint: http://localhost:8080/samplewebservices/echoserviceinterface
Service Interface: singz.ws.test.interface.EchoService
ACCESS_TOKEN: 046b6c7f-0b8a-43b9-b35d-6489e6daee91 (HTTP Header)

Spring Application Context Configuration

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
 xmlns:jaxws="http://cxf.apache.org/jaxws" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans.xsd
http://cxf.apache.org/jaxws http://cxf.apache.org/schemas/jaxws.xsd
http://cxf.apache.org/core http://cxf.apache.org/schemas/core.xsd">

<jaxws:client id="echoServiceClient"
 address="http://localhost:8080/samplewebservices/echoserviceinterface" />
 <bean class="singz.ws.test.echoserviceconsumer.outinterceptor.HttpHeaderInterceptor" />

Custom Interceptor to add HTTP headers to outbound SOAP call


package singz.ws.test.echoserviceconsumer.outinterceptor;

import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Map;

import org.apache.cxf.message.Message;
import org.apache.cxf.phase.AbstractPhaseInterceptor;
import org.apache.cxf.phase.Phase;

public class HttpHeaderInterceptor extends AbstractPhaseInterceptor<Message>{

public HttpHeaderInterceptor() {

public void handleMessage(Message message) {
 Map<String, List<String>> headers = new HashMap<String, List<String>>();
 headers.put("ACCESS_TOKEN", Arrays.asList("046b6c7f-0b8a-43b9-b35d-6489e6daee91"));
 message.put(Message.PROTOCOL_HEADERS, headers);


Here’s another example without using interceptor: http://singztechmusings.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/apache-cxf-how-to-add-custom-http-headers-to-a-web-service-request/

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java ,enterprise-integration ,integration ,apache cxf

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