#823 ✓worksforme

XPath Namespaces with HttpResponse.getXml()

Reported by gcs | May 11th, 2011 @ 08:41 PM | in 1.3 (closed)

Framework version:1.2
Platform you're using:os x

Reproduction steps:
HttpResponse res = WS.url(someurl).get();
Document doc = res.getXml();
String foobar = XPath.selectText("foo:bar", doc, mapOfNamespaces);

foobar will always be null -- it can't be found by xpath.

I think this is happening b/c the Document was created using a DocumentBuilderFactory
that isn't namespace aware in HttpResponse.getXml().

Comments and changes to this ticket

  • Morten Kjetland

    Morten Kjetland May 14th, 2011 @ 07:49 PM

    Can you please provide code that shows the problem. We have to know what xml is returned so we can try to reproduce the problem

  • Metrex

    Metrex May 14th, 2011 @ 08:46 PM

    Yes, this is correct. In the .getXML function the namespace awareness is not set.
    This line should be changed from:
    DocumentBuilder builder = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance().newDocumentBuilder();
    DocumentBuilderFactory xmlFact = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance();
    DocumentBuilder builder = xmlFact.newDocumentBuilder();

    The same problem exists in the XML lib in the getDocument function:
    DocumentBuilderFactory dbf = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance();
    dbf.setNamespaceAware(true); //Add this line!

  • gcs

    gcs May 14th, 2011 @ 10:08 PM

    Here is a test case.

    public class XmlNamespaceTest extends UnitTest {

    public void testWithoutNamespaceAware() { 
        Document doc = WS.url("http://feeds.feedburner.com/TechCrunch").get().getXml(); 
        assertNotNull(XPath.selectText("//sy:updatePeriod",doc, ns)); 
    public void testWithNamespaceAware() { 
        Document doc = getXml(
        assertNotNull(XPath.selectText("//sy:updatePeriod", doc, ns)); 
    static Map<String, String> ns = new HashMap<String, String>(); 
    static { 
        ns.put("sy", "http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/syndication/"); 
    public Document getXml(HttpResponse response, String encoding) {
        try {
            InputSource source = new InputSource(response.getStream());
            DocumentBuilderFactory factory = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance(); 
            DocumentBuilder builder = factory.newDocumentBuilder();
            // DocumentBuilder builder = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance().newDocumentBuilder(); 
            builder.setEntityResolver(new NoOpEntityResolver());
            return builder.parse(source);
        } catch (Exception e) {
            throw new RuntimeException(e);


  • Erwan Loisant

    Erwan Loisant May 16th, 2011 @ 08:57 AM

    • Assigned user set to “Erwan Loisant”
  • Nicolas Leroux

    Nicolas Leroux January 1st, 2013 @ 08:09 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “worksforme”
    • Assigned user changed from “Erwan Loisant” to “Nicolas Leroux”
    • Milestone set to 1.3
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