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HTTP connection

HTTP connection

To access your data from a URL, create an HTTP connection asset for it.

Supported file

Use the full path in the URL to the file that you want to read. You cannot browse for files.


Enter the SSL certificate of the host to be trusted. The SSL certificate is needed only when the host certificate is not signed by a known certificate authority.

For Private connectivity, to connect to a database that is not externalized to the internet (for example, behind a firewall), you must set up a secure connection.

Choose the method for creating a connection based on where you are in the platform

In a project
Click Assets > New asset > Data access tools > Connection. See Adding a connection to a project.
In a catalog
Click Add to catalog > Connection. See Adding a connection asset to a catalog.
In a deployment space
Click Add to space > Connection. See Adding connections to a deployment space.
In the Platform assets catalog
Click New connection. See Adding platform connections.

Next step: Add data assets from the connection

Where you can use this connection

You can use HTTP connections in the following workspaces and tools:



  • Platform assets catalog

  • Other catalogs (IBM Knowledge Catalog)


You can use this connection only for source data. You cannot write to data or export data with this connection.

Supported file types

The HTTP connection supports these file types:  Avro, CSV, Delimited text, Excel, JSON, ORC, Parquet, SAS, SAV, SHP, and XML.

Parent topic: Supported connections

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