How to send a custom request

I want to send a custom request, but it doesn’t work




Does anyone know if I can send this same request through n8n?

Hey @leosantosx,

I’ve deleted the n8n output image that you posted. Your token was visible in the image.

Coming back to your question, are you referencing the values from a previous node in the workflow? Can you let us know which URL you’re making a request to? Can you share your workflow? Make sure that you replace sensitive information with dummy data

i want send a custom request

the body parameters are not valid


  "nodes": [
      "parameters": {
        "requestMethod": "POST",
        "url": "",
        "jsonParameters": true,
        "options": {
          "bodyContentType": "raw"
        "bodyParametersJson": "{\"index\":{\"_id\":\"sellout_1\"}}\n{\"product_id\":\"102494\",\n\"distribution_node_id\":\"S501\",\"sellout_date\":\"2021-08-16T00:00:00.000Z\",\"sellout_quantity\": 0.256,\"sellout_amount\":20.08}}{\"index\":{\"_id\":\"sellout_1\"}}\n{\"product_id\":\"102646\",\n\"distribution_node_id\":\"S501\",\"sellout_date\":\"2021-08-16T00:00:00.000Z\",\"sellout_quantity\": 0.22,\"sellout_amount\":18.82}}",
        "headerParametersJson": "{\n    \"Authorization\": \"Bearer <TOKEN>\",\n\t\"Content-Type\": \"application/x-ndjson\"\n}"
      "name": "HTTP Request",
      "type": "n8n-nodes-base.httpRequest",
      "typeVersion": 1,
      "position": [
  "connections": {}

example of api: Bulk API | Elasticsearch Guide [7.14] | Elastic

Are you making a request to the Elasticsearch API? Did you try the Elasticsearch node?

I don’t currently have this node, I will try to upgrade to the latest version of n8n

thanks for helping :grinning:

No worries! A quick note: the node currently doesn’t support the _bulk endpoint. Feel free to create a Feature Request explaining your use case :slight_smile:

Is it possible to send it by command line?

curl -H ‘authorization: 12345’ -H ‘Content-Type: application/x-ndjson’ -d ‘{“data”…"}’ ‘

If you’re self-hosting n8n, you can use the Execute Command node. However, you may want to make sure that curl is installed and accessible.

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What happens if you remove the \n and \t from the value does that still fail?

\n is required in body

is it required in the header as well?

I tried without \ n and it wasn’t too

I just gave it a quick go here as well, I think what is happening is you are setting the content-type twice which is tripping it up.

Remove the Body Content Type option and that will get you a bit closer but then throws an error about your JSON body being invalid which a couple of online tools confirms so if you test with a simpler json value that is valid it goes through ok.


but the body is required to be like this:
{“index”:{"_id":“sellout_1”}} {“product_id”:“123456”, “distribution_node_id”:“S020”,“sellout_date”:“2021-08-16”,“sellout_quantity”: 0.123,“sellout_amount”:20.0}

That makes it tricky then as the json isn’t valid it is going to fail, the curl option from the execute command node might be the best option but I will have another play.

Hey @leosantosx!

Another alternative is to use the request library in the Function node. Again, if you’re self-hosting n8n you may want to make the library accessible. You can find more about this here: [HELP] Not been able to import external modules - #8 by jan

If you’re using, you can simply import the library and use it.

can you make me this feature request?
I really need to send a bulk :slightly_frowning_face:

Hey @leosantosx!

I’ve turned this into a Feature Request. Don’t forget to upvote :slight_smile: