Make authenticated requests

To fetch data from most web services, you need to provide authorization. There are many ways to do this, but perhaps the most common uses the Authorization HTTP header.

Add authorization headers

The http package provides a convenient way to add headers to your requests. Alternatively, use the HttpHeaders class from the dart:io library.

Future<http.Response> fetchAlbum() {
  return http.get(
    'https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/albums/1',
    // Send authorization headers to the backend.
    headers: {HttpHeaders.authorizationHeader: "Basic your_api_token_here"},
  );
}

Complete example

This example builds upon the Fetching data from the internet recipe.

import 'dart:async';
import 'dart:convert';
import 'dart:io';

import 'package:http/http.dart' as http;

Future<Album> fetchAlbum() async {
  final response = await http.get(
    'https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/albums/1',
    headers: {HttpHeaders.authorizationHeader: "Basic your_api_token_here"},
  );
  final responseJson = json.decode(response.body);

  return Album.fromJson(responseJson);
}

class Album {
  final int userId;
  final int id;
  final String title;

  Album({this.userId, this.id, this.title});

  factory Album.fromJson(Map<String, dynamic> json) {
    return Album(
      userId: json['userId'],
      id: json['id'],
      title: json['title'],
    );
  }
}