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HTTP GET

The GET HTTP verb enables an API to request a resource from a server. Using GET, APIs literally "get" information. An API for an online store, for example, may send a GET request to retrieve information on a product, like SKU, description, color, sizes in stock, and so on. Once a client application makes a GET request, a host will respond with the relevant information if the entry exists. GET is one of many HTTP verbs. Web APIs use HTTP methods to act upon resources in various ways. GET is a data retrieval method, meaning it should only be used to retrieve resources. The equivalent CRUD operation to GET is READ.