Using the HTTP Requester Task

The HTTP Requester Task is an SSIS control flow task component that can be used to send an HTTP request and receive a response. A common use case for this component is to download a file.

The component includes the following two pages to configure how the request should be sent and how to process the response:

  • General
  • Error Handling

General Page

The General page of the HTTP Requester Task allows you to specify the general settings of the component.

SSIS HTTP Requester Task

Connection Properties
Connection Manager

The HTTP Requester Task requires a connection in order to connect to the web service. The Connection Manager drop-down will show a list of all HTTP Connection Managers that are available to your current SSIS package.

HTTP Method

The method that will be used when sending HTTP requests. Available methods include:

  • GET
  • POST
  • PUT
Relative Path

The Relative Path field allows you to specify a string containing the relative location of the URL that the request will be sent to. The base URL comes from the connection manager. For example, if you want to download a file called "file1.txt" from you would create a connection manager with the base URL and in the HTTP Requester Task set the Relative Path to "file1.txt".

Request Settings
Query String Parameters

The Query String Parameters grid allows you to add query string parameters and values that will be appended to the URL of the request.

Requester Headers

The Requester Headers grid allows you to add HTTP headers that will be used for the request.

Request Body -Body Type
There are four options available for Body Type:
  • Raw
  • Form-Data
  • URL Encoded
  • AS2 (since v21.2)
Request Body -Body
The Body field allows you to configure the body of your request. If the connection manager is using the GET method, such as when downloading files, the body would typically be left empty.
Note: Since v24.1, the request body is available with GET request type as well.
Response Body Output

The Response Body Output radio buttons determine what will happen with the response body. The following options are available:

  • None: The response body is not used for anything.
  • Output To Variable: The response body is output to a variable. Selecting this option will enable a drop-down field that allows a variable to be chosen.
  • Output To File: The response body is saved to a file. Selecting this option will enable a text field where the file name can be entered.
File Path

The File Path field allows you to set an input column that will determine the path of the file where the request-response body will be saved. This field will only be enabled if the response body output field is set to Output To File.


This button will open up a dialog that allows you to send a request to the defined URL in order to preview the server response during design time.

Expression fx Icon

Click the blue fx icon to launch SSIS Expression Editor to enable dynamic updates of the property at run time.

Error Handling Page

The Error Handling page allows you to specify how errors should be handled when they happen.

SSIS HTTP Requester Task - Error Handling

There is one option available.

  1. Continue on Error

Checking or unchecking this option will determine if the task should continue or fail when an error occurs.