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Timeout requests with a context

Since Go 1.7 you can timeout individual HTTP request using context.Context.

// is a service for testing HTTP client
// this URL waits 3 seconds before returning a response
uri := ""
req, err := http.NewRequest("GET", uri, nil)
if err != nil {
	log.Fatalf("http.NewRequest() failed with '%s'\n", err)

// create a context indicating 100 ms timeout
ctx, _ := context.WithTimeout(context.Background(), time.Millisecond*100)
// get a new request based on original request but with the context
req = req.WithContext(ctx)

resp, err := http.DefaultClient.Do(req)
if err != nil {
	// the request should timeout because we want to wait max 100 ms
	// but the server doesn't return response for 3 seconds
	log.Fatalf("http.DefaultClient.Do() failed with:\n'%s'\n", err)
defer resp.Body.Close()
2018/12/03 04:02:58 http.DefaultClient.Do() failed with:
'Get context deadline exceeded'
exit status 1

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