What you'll learn in this topic
After reading this topic you will know the following:
- What request and response streaming on Apigee is
- When to use request and response streaming
- How to enable request and response streaming
What is request and response streaming?
By default, HTTP streaming is disabled and HTTP request and response payloads are written to a buffer in memory before they are processed by the API proxy pipeline. You can change this behavior by enabling streaming. With streaming enabled, request and response payloads are streamed without modification to the client app (for responses) and the target endpoint (for requests).
When should I enable streaming?
If your API proxy handles very large requests and/or responses (for size limits, see What else should I know about streaming), you may want to enable streaming.
What else should I know about streaming?
Message payload size is restricted to 10 MB, even with streaming
enabled. In non-streamed requests and responses, exceeding
that size results in a
How to enable request and response streaming
To enable request streaming you need to add the
property to the ProxyEndpoint and TargetEndpoint definitions in the proxy bundle and set it to
true. Similarly, set the
response.streaming.enabled property to enable response streaming.
You can locate these configuration files in the Apigee UI in the Develop view for your
proxy. If you are developing locally, these definition files are in
This sample shows how to enable both request and response streaming in the TargetEndpoint definition.
<TargetEndpoint name="default"> <HTTPTargetConnection> <URL>http://mocktarget.apigee.net</URL> <Properties> <Property name="response.streaming.enabled">true</Property> <Property name="request.streaming.enabled">true</Property> <Property name="supports.http10">true</Property> <Property name="request.retain.headers">User-Agent,Referer,Accept-Language</Property> <Property name="retain.queryparams">apikey</Property> </Properties> </HTTPTargetConnection> </TargetEndpoint>
This example shows how to enable response and request streaming in the ProxyEndpoint definition:
<ProxyEndpoint name="default"> <HTTPProxyConnection> <BasePath>/v1/weather</BasePath> <Properties> <Property name="allow.http10">true</Property> <Property name="response.streaming.enabled">true</Property> <Property name="request.streaming.enabled">true</Property> </Properties> </HTTPProxyConnection> </ProxyEndpoint>
For more information about configuring endpoint definitions, see Endpoint properties reference.
API proxy samples on GitHub are easy to download and use.
Sample proxies that feature streaming include:
- streaming - Demonstrates an API proxy configured for HTTP streaming.
- Edge Callout: Signed URL Generator - Illustrates the best practice of generating a signed URL to access large files instead of trying to stream them in a request/response.