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From Tolga Tarhan <>
Subject URI Escaping in HTTP (and other Producers)
Date Thu, 26 May 2011 03:29:28 GMT

I've scoured the internet looking for an answer to something that I
believe should be very simple with Camel: I want to take several
headers and compose them into an HTTP query string in a safe way. The
only examples I've found either use constant(), which isn't useful for
building dynamic query strings, or they use simple() which doesn't
offer URL escaping.

For example, take the following snippet right from HTTP component's

  .setHeader(Exchange.HTTP_QUERY, constant("order=123&detail=short"))

This is 90% of the way there, but what if you don't always want order
id 123? We'd like to be able to substitute a header value here. So,
the next logical version of this is to switch to simple:


But this has the major issue of not being URL encoded. This means that
a space (or any reserved character) in header.orderId results in an
exception thrown by the HTTP component for an invalid query string.

So the only way that's left is to use JavaScript, which is very
verbose for something like this, or to write a custom processor. It
seems like this should be something that's built-in, so I'm asking
here to see if I'm missing an obvious/normal way to do what I'm
looking for here?

Thanks for the help,

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