Networking in Android with Kotlin - HTTP Requests

Android apps often need to communicate with remote servers to fetch data or send information. In this guide, we'll explore how to perform HTTP requests in Kotlin to interact with web services and APIs.

Using HTTP Libraries

There are several libraries available for making HTTP requests in Android, but one of the most commonly used is Retrofit. Here's how you can use it:

// Add Retrofit and its dependencies to your app's build.gradle file
// Create a Retrofit instance
val retrofit = Retrofit.Builder()
// Define an interface for your API
interface MyApiService {
fun fetchData(): Call<MyData>
// Create an instance of the interface
val apiService = retrofit.create(MyApiService)
// Make a GET request
val call = apiService.fetchData()
call.enqueue(object : Callback<MyData> {
override fun onResponse(call: Call<MyData>, response: Response<MyData>) {
if (response.isSuccessful) {
val data = response.body()
// Handle the data
override fun onFailure(call: Call<MyData>, t: Throwable) {
// Handle the error

In this code, we create a Retrofit instance, define an interface for the API, and use it to make a GET request. We handle the response and potential errors in callbacks.

Permissions and Network Security

When making network requests, ensure that your app has the necessary permissions and that you handle network security properly. You may need to add permissions to your AndroidManifest.xml and configure network security settings in the res/xml/network_security_config.xml file.


Networking in Android with Kotlin is a crucial part of building apps that interact with remote servers. Whether you're fetching data from a REST API, posting data to a server, or working with other web services, Kotlin simplifies the process of making HTTP requests in Android apps.

Happy coding!