How can I POST JSON arguments (Request Payload) using MATLAB's webwrite?

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Fausto Soares
Fausto Soares on 22 Oct 2019
Edited: Neeraj Rajpurohit on 30 Jun 2020
I am using a data acquisition module with a web server. I would like to Post a run command to start an acquisition. Below are my commands with the error response.
>> s_sch = 'http://webdaq316-ae.local/api/v1.0/schedule/status/';
>> options = weboptions('ContentType','json','MediaType','application/json','RequestMethod','post','ArrayFormat','json')
options =
weboptions with properties:
CharacterEncoding: 'auto'
UserAgent: 'MATLAB (R2018b)'
Timeout: 5
Username: ''
Password: ''
KeyName: ''
KeyValue: ''
ContentType: 'json'
ContentReader: []
MediaType: 'application/json'
RequestMethod: 'post'
ArrayFormat: 'json'
HeaderFields: []
CertificateFilename: 'C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2018b\sys\certificates\ca\rootcerts.pem'
>> apikey = 'True'
apikey =
>> json_command = ['{"run": ', apikey,'}']
json_command =
'{"run": True}'
>> start_sch = webwrite(s_sch,json_command, options)
However, I get the following error.
Error using readContentFromWebService (line 46)
The server returned the status 415 with message "" in response to the request to URL
Error in webwrite (line 139)
[varargout{1:nargout}] = readContentFromWebService(connection, options);
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Fausto Soares
Fausto Soares on 24 Oct 2019
If I start the acquisition via the web server, then I can see the POST (using Google Chrome's Developer Tools option), which contains the 'Request Payload' with the code:
{run: true}
I included these parameters in my 'json_command' argument. Is that the correct way?

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Neeraj Rajpurohit
Neeraj Rajpurohit on 30 Jun 2020
Edited: Neeraj Rajpurohit on 30 Jun 2020
The error code here is 415, which means unsupported media type. The server is not being able to identify the request type. I see that you have added 'Arraytype' as 'json'. Instead, I suggest you to 'MediaType' attribute as 'application/json'. See the below example for reference. I am also attaching a link to the document. Hope it helps!




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