FAQ

This app is free and contains no ads. What's the catch?

There is no catch. I'm a developer who one day realized he needed an app like this, built it, and then decided to share it. HTTP Shortcuts is essentially a one-man show, and I'm only working on it in my spare time. I'm doing it because I enjoy the project, which is why the app is completely free and will remain so. No ads, no tracking, no premium features, just a simple open-source app that aims to be useful.

Running shortcuts works from within the app, but not from the homescreen. How do I fix it?

This usually happens when Data Saver or Battery Saver is enabled, as those restrict how apps can use the network. Try disabling them or whitelisting the HTTP Shortcuts app.

You may also try enabling the Run Requests in Foreground option which you find on the Settings screen.

I don't like the blue arrow icon that overlays all my shortcuts on the home screen. Can I remove it?

Unfortunately, this icon overlay is added by the Android system itself, not the app. There is a potential workaround though. Try adding a shortcut via your home screen's widget menu (usually accessed by long pressing on the home screen), and when prompted by the app about which method to use for placement, select the "Legacy" option. Please note that this may not always work, and if it doesn't then there really is no way to remove the icon overlay. Also note that this will prevent you from dynamically changing the name or icon of the shortcut, i.e., you'll need to remove and re-add it to the homescreen manually if you change its name or icon.

Can I trigger a shortcut from another app?

Most automation apps offer some way to trigger a shortcut directly. If that isn't an option you can instead trigger a shortcut by sending a broadcast intent with the following parameters:

* The easiest way to find the ID of a shortcut is by using the Export option when long-pressing the shortcut inside the app and selecting "as JSON". The resulting JSON file contains the ID of the shortcut.

Can I send multiple requests with one shortcut?

A normal shortcut corresponds to a single request. You can, however, have one shortcut trigger one or more another shortcuts. The easiest way to achieve that is by creating a "Multi-Shortcut", which allows you to pick one or more shortcuts which are then all triggered when the multi-shortcut itself is executed.

In some cases using a multi-shortcut might not be enough, e.g., when you want to trigger the same shortcut twice, want to trigger it only under certain conditions or if you want to pass variable values to it. In this case you can create a "Scripting" shortcut instead and add one or more instances of the "triggerShortcut" action to it. When creating or editing your scripting shortcut, open the section "Scripting" and then click the button "Add Code Snippet" underneath the textarea. In the dialog that opens select "Actions" and then "Trigger Shortcut". This way, whenever you run your first shortcut, it will trigger the selected other one after it completed. See Code Execution for more information.

Can I schedule requests to be sent periodically or at a specific time?

Currently there is no such functionality in the app. There are already many existing automation apps that can be used for scheduling and combined with the HTTP Shortcuts app. I recommend to use one of those; Tasker, IFTTT, E-Robot, Macrodroid, to name a few.

How do I pass variables from Tasker to HTTP Shortcuts?

You can use Tasker to trigger a shortcut. To pass a value from Tasker to HTTP Shortcuts you need to create a variable of type "Constant" in HTTP Shortcuts and a global variable with the same name in Tasker. Make sure to do so BEFORE you select the shortcut from Tasker. All global variables that have matching variables in HTTP Shortcuts are automatically passed over.

Something's not working with my requests. Can I get more detailed information for debugging?

One way to get more information about the request and the response is by opening the "Reponse Handling" section when editing a shortcut and changing the "Display Type" to "Window" and then ticking the "Show Meta Information" checkbox. This will display the full response in a window, along with all response headers and some additional meta information.

In addition, there is the option to use Stetho, which means you can debug the internal state and the network requests that are sent by following these steps:

  1. Connect your phone to a PC with a USB cable
  2. Open the app on the phone
  3. Open Chrome on the PC
  4. Go to chrome://inspect
  5. Click the inspect button below "HTTP Shortcuts (powered by Stetho)"

Can I create / modify shortcuts in bulk?

If you want to add or edit a lot of shortcuts at once it can be very cumbersome to do so through the app's UI. An easy solution is to go to the app's settings and use the export feature. It provides you with a JSON file that you can easily modify with any tool you want. Easiest is to send it to a PC and modify it there, using any online JSON editor. Once you are done you can import it again and voila: you have all your changes in the app.

What about voice recognition?

There is currently no support for voice recognition in HTTP Shortcuts, with the exception of a very basic and experimental feature. Try "OK Google, search [Name of Shortcut] in HTTP Shortcuts".

I would like to help translate the app. How can I contribute?

First of all, thank you for even considering this. I appreciate the effort. You can join the translation project here: HTTP Shortcuts on poeditor.com

Is this app also available on iOS?

No, this app only exists for Android. I have only very little experience with iOS development, and I'm not exactly a fan of the platform. Therefore, as I only work on this project in my free time anyway, I'm currently and probably also in the near and far future not looking into porting the app to iOS.

I've sent an email with a question / bug report, but haven't heard back anything. What gives?

As mentioned in the previous question, I'm just one guy developing this app in my free time. As such, I don't regularly read my emails or respond to them right away. Sometimes it may take weeks. Sorry about that. Most likely I'll get back to you eventually. Please be patient with me.