Implementing PUT REST requests when using Spring RestTemplate

Spring’s RestTemplate.put(…) method returns a void. Why is this a bother? One reason is to capture PUT response information and make logical decisions based on that data.

As it turns out, The RestTemplate’s exchange method can be used to implement the PUT request using the following snippet. It’s not complete code but enough to the point where it should be self explanatory

public boolean putIndex(String id) throws Exception {
 final String endpoint = endpoint("index/{id}");

HttpHeaders requestHeaders = new HttpHeaders();
 List <MediaType> mediaTypeList = new ArrayList<MediaType>();
 HttpEntity<?> requestEntity = new HttpEntity<Object>(requestHeaders);

 // Create the HTTP PUT request,
 ResponseEntity<Object> response =, HttpMethod.PUT, requestEntity, null, id);
 if (response == null) {
 return false;
 return HttpStatus.CREATED.equals(response.getStatusCode());


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