Perform HTTP request (with verbs POST, PUT, PATCH) to HTTP endpoints via targets.

Specific connection configuration

The common configuration for connections in Connections > Targets applies here as well. Following are some specifics for HTTP connections:

Source format

Target format

A HTTP connection requires the protocol configuration target object to have an address property. This property has the following format: <http_verb>:<http_path>

The supported HTTP <http_verb> values are:

  • POST
  • PUT

The specified <http_path> contains the path - including optionally potential query parameters - to be appended to the configured uri of the connection.

The body of the HTTP request is either the outgoing Ditto Protocol message (e.g. an event) or - if a payload mapping was specified in the connection - a transformed body.

The target address may contain placeholders; see placeholders section for more information.

The target may define a header mapping specifying which additional HTTP headers to send along with the performed HTTP requests.

Further, "topics" is a list of strings, each list entry representing a subscription of Ditto protocol topics, see target topics and filtering for more information on that.

Outbound messages are published to the configured target address if one of the subjects in "authorizationContext" has READ permission on the Thing, that is associated with a message.

  "address": "<http_verb>:<http_path>",
  "topics": [
  "authorizationContext": ["ditto:outbound-auth-subject"],
  "headerMapping": {
    "content-type": "application/json"

Specific configuration properties

The specific configuration properties contain the following optional keys:

  • parallelism (optional): Configures how many parallel requests per connection to perform, each takes up one outgoing TCP connection. Default (if not provided): 1

Establishing connecting to an HTTP endpoint

Ditto’s Connectivity service is responsible for creating new and managing existing connections.

This can be done dynamically at runtime without the need to restart any microservice using a Ditto DevOps command.

Example connection configuration to create a new HTTP connection in order to make request to an HTTP endpoint:

  "connection": {
    "id": "http-example-connection-123",
    "connectionType": "http-push",
    "connectionStatus": "open",
    "failoverEnabled": true,
    "uri": "http://user:password@localhost:80",
    "specificConfig": {
      "parallelism": "2"
    "sources": [],
    "targets": [
        "address": "PUT:/api/2/some-entity/{{ thing:id }}",
        "topics": [
        "authorizationContext": ["ditto:outbound-auth-subject", "..."],
        "headerMapping": {
          "content-type": "{{ header:content-type }}",
          "api-key": "this-is-a-secret-api-key-to-send-along"