Command group Flag affected Reversible Execute on client Platform(s)
External commands YES NO NO All


HTTPHeader (socket,status,headerlistReturns length


Note: The flag is set according to whether Omnis was able to make a call to this external command.

This Web command is multi-threaded, allowing another thread to execute in the multi-threaded server while it runs. Note that the same socket cannot safely be used concurrently by more than one thread.

HTTPHeader is a server command that sends an HTTP standard header to an HTTP client, for example, an Omnis application or a Web browser. HTTP headers are normally hidden from Web clients, but convey very useful information regarding the status and contents of the Web page. An Omnis method must send a header back to a connected Web browser in order to have its results properly displayed.

Socket is an Omnis Long Integer field containing the number of a socket that has already been opened for a TCP/IP client, usually a Web browser or Omnis application that requires and can understand HTTP.

Status is an Omnis Long Integer field containing an HTTP status code. The status code may change the way in which any following HTML or other information displays on the Web browser. The following table contains the status codes which HTTPHeader recognises. Other status codes are accepted, but HTTPHeader then sends "Unknown status" as the text for the code.

Code Meaning
200 The request was completed successfully
201 The request was a POST method and was completed successfully. Data was sent to the server, and a new resource was created as a result of the request.
202 A GET method returned only partial results.
204 The request was completed successfully, but there is no new information. The browser will continue to display the document from which the request originated.
301 The requested URL has moved permanently
302 The requested URL has moved temporarily
304 The GET request included a header with an If-Modified-Since field. However, the server found that the data requested had not been modified since the date in this field. The document was not resent (the Web browser will probably display it from its cache).
400 The request syntax was wrong
401 The request requires an Authorization field but the client did not specify one. Usually results in a username and password to be displayed
403 Access is forbidden
404 The request URL could not be found.
500 The server has encountered an internal error and cannot continue with the request.
501 The server does not support this method
502 Bad gateway
503 Service unavailable

HeaderList is an Omnis list with two character columns. The list contains the headers to send. Note that HTTPHeader automatically sends some headers, so do not provide those (see below).

At a minimum, for Omnis to return normal Web-page HTML text to the client, you should send a header containing the line:

Header name Value
Content-type text/html

HTTPHeader automatically includes the following lines in all HTTP response headers:

Attribute Value
Content-type text/html (only if the HeaderList does not contain a Content-type header)
Date The current GMT date and time in HTTP header format
Server Omnis
MIME-version 1.0

Length is an Omnis Long Integer field which receives the number of characters sent, or an error code less than zero. Possible error codes are listed in the Web Command Error Codes Appendix.


; When a new connection is received call the method $newconnection
; and reply to the client to confirm the request was completed
HTTPServer ('$newconnection',6001) Returns lStatus
; method $newconnection
Do lHeaderList.$define(lAttribute,lValue)
HTTPHeader (iSocket,200,lHeaderList) Returns lCharCount