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Status Future consideration
Created by Guest
Created on May 24, 2022

Universal Cloud REST API protocol does not have an option for processing HTTP streaming data

HTTP streaming is a push-style data transfer technique that allows a web server to continuously send data to a client over a single HTTP connection that remains open indefinitely

This enables clients to consume events in near-real-time and there is no need for repeated polling of the API

For Cloud back end, this becomes an advantage to control the incoming HTTP connection rate (which otherwise is a huge overhead)

Current Universal Cloud Rest API functionality: Right now, there is no option to iterate over the response data, and then process the events present in the data received in each iteration

Requested Universal Cloud Rest API functionality: An ability to process HTTP streaming data wherein client can iterate over response chunks which in turn contains events

Example reference on streams response processing in Python for processing HTTP streams response

set "stream=true" and "iter_lines()" which is a python HTTP response object function allows iterating over lines, below is a sample:

        import json

import time
import sys
import requests

r = requests.get('', stream=True)

if r.encoding is None:
r.encoding = 'utf-8'

for line in r.iter_lines(chunk_size=8 * 1024 * 1024, decode_unicode=True):
if line:

Our requirement is on similar lines where each line is a JSON which can easily reach 5mb


chunk_size is the number of bytes it should read into memory.

Value set to 8mb is for representational purposes only, tuning would be needed for a good throughput

iter_lines/iter_contents helps to avoid reading the response content at once into memory of large responses

Symantec API Reference:

The termination of HTTP connection is enabled through two parameters in the HTTP request payload connectionTimeout=60 minutes AND responseTimeout=10 seconds

  • Admin
    Gaurav Sharma
    Jun 22, 2022


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