Client resources


For a short introduction on the usage of client resource, you should read the first client page.

Automatic conversion

You can get automatic conversion for retrieved representations like this:

String myString = myClientResource.get(String.class);

For sent representations:


There is even a more transparent way if you define an annotated Java interface (using the Restlet @Get, @Put, etc. annotations). Once it is defined, you can use it on the server side in your ServerResource subclasses or on the client side to consume it:

MyAnnotatedInterface myClient = myClientResource.wrap(MyAnnotatedInterface.class);

In this case, automatic conversion is handled for you. By default, the Restlet Engine support Java object serialization (binary or XML), but for more interoperable representations, we suggest to add our Jackson extension or XStream extension to your classpath in order to get clean XML or JSON representations.

Leveraging annotations

It also possible to share an annotated Java interface between client and server resources.

Annotated Java interface

First, we define the contract between the client and the server as a Java interface:

package annos;

import org.restlet.resource.Delete;
import org.restlet.resource.Get;
import org.restlet.resource.Post;
import org.restlet.resource.Put;

import client.Customer;

public interface TestResource {

    public Customer retrieve();

    public void store(Customer customer);

    public void stop() throws Exception;

    public void remove() throws Exception;


Server side implementation

Then, we implement is in a subclass of ServerResource

package annos;

import org.restlet.Context;
import org.restlet.Server;
import org.restlet.resource.ServerResource;

import client.Customer;

public class TestServerResource extends ServerResource implements TestResource {

    private static volatile Customer myCustomer = Customer.createSample();

    private static final Server server = new Server(Protocol.HTTP, 8182,

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        Context ctx = new Context();
        server.getContext().getParameters().add("keystorePassword", "password");

    public Customer retrieve() {
        System.out.println("GET request received");
        return myCustomer;

    public void store(Customer customer) {
        System.out.println("PUT request received");
        myCustomer = customer;

    public void stop() throws Exception {
        System.out.println("POST request received");

    public void remove() throws Exception {
        System.out.println("DELETE request received");
        myCustomer = null;


Client-side consumption

Finally, we can consume it via the ClientResource class:

package annos;

 import org.restlet.resource.ClientResource;

 import client.Customer;

 public class TestClientResource {

     public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
         ClientResource clientResource = new ClientResource(
         TestResource testResource = clientResource.wrap(TestResource.class);

         // Retrieve the JSON value
         Customer result = testResource.retrieve();

         if (result != null) {

Consuming response entities

Even though the ClientResource class gives you a high level client for HTTP transactions, you need to be aware that the underlying network elements such as connections and sockets must be handled and reused carefully.

The best practice is to always fully consume the content of response entities, in case of success as well as in case of error. If you are not interested in this content, you should at least call the Representation#exhaust() method to silently consume its content.

If you forget to do this, the associated HTTP connection will stay active for a while and won't be reused or collected, potentially leading to starvation issues (unable to create new connections) or consuming too much resources (unable to collect the socket and threads blocked on this connection). In addition, once the whole content has been consumed (read or exhausted) it is recommended to manually release the representation and its associated objects used to produce its content (such as database connections) by calling its Representation#release() method.

In addition, if you are not interested in the entity content or by further calls from this client, you can try calling the Representation#release() method immediately which will close the underlying stream but might also close the underlying socket connection. In case you are not interested in the request at all, it is however better to explicitly call the ClientResource#abort() method.