tronman tronman - 1 year ago 104
Android Question

Access the http response headers in a WebView?

Is there a way to view the http response headers in an Activity once a web page has been loaded in a WebView? Seems like this should be possible, but I can't find any methods that expose the headers.

Answer Source

Neither WebView nor WebViewClient provide methods to do that, Though, you can try to implement that manually. You can do something like this:

private WebView webview;
public void onCreate(Bundle icicle){
    // bla bla bla

    // here you initialize your webview
    webview = new WebView(this);
    webview.setWebViewClient(new YourWebClient());

// this will be the webclient that will manage the webview
private class YourWebClient extends WebViewClient{

    // you want to catch when an URL is going to be loaded
    public boolean  shouldOverrideUrlLoading  (WebView  view, String  urlConection){
        // here you will use the url to access the headers.
        // in this case, the Content-Length one
        URL url;
        URLConnection conexion;
        try {
            url = new URL(urlConection);
            conexion = url.openConnection();
            // get the size of the file which is in the header of the request
            int size = conexion.getContentLength();

        // and here, if you want, you can load the page normally
        String htmlContent = "";
        HttpGet httpGet = new HttpGet(urlConection);
        // this receives the response
        HttpResponse response;
        try {
            response = httpClient.execute(httpGet);
            if (response.getStatusLine().getStatusCode() == 200) {
                // la conexion fue establecida, obtener el contenido
                HttpEntity entity = response.getEntity();
                if (entity != null) {
                    InputStream inputStream = entity.getContent();
                    htmlContent = convertToString(inputStream);
         } catch (Exception e) {}

         webview.loadData(htmlContent, "text/html", "utf-8");
         return true;

    public String convertToString(InputStream inputStream){
        StringBuffer string = new StringBuffer();
        BufferedReader reader = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(inputStream));
        String line;
        try {
            while ((line = reader.readLine()) != null) {
                string.append(linea + "\n");
        } catch (IOException e) {}
        return string.toString();

I can't test it right now, but that's basically what you could do (it's very crazy though :).

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