Spring Boot request header return null value

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I have a spring boot project which has some Rest APIs in it. I have two custom headers named request_date and tenant respectively.

I am trying to read the value of these headers in an interceptor, but it reads the value for only tenant and returns null for request_date.


  • I use a filter to wrap the request object because I want to read the request body later.
  • There is a filter to add CORS headers.

When I run my project on localhost and debug the code, I am successfully able to read both the headers' values.

However, when I deploy my application in production and make the request using postman or some other client, the request_date header's value is always read as null.

I am not sure what seems to be the problem with this. I am using Spring boot v1.5.10.RELEASE and JDK 1.8


  • I have tried to rename the header to something like input_date. However, it still reads null.

The following is the relevant code


public class TestInterceptor extends HandlerInterceptorAdapter {      @Override     public boolean preHandle(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response, Object handler) throws Exception {          String requestDate = request.getHeader("request_date");         String tenant = request.getHeader("Tenant");          /*Perform some checks*/          return super.preHandle(request, response, handler);     } } 


public class ApiCorsFilter extends OncePerRequestFilter {      @Override     protected void doFilterInternal(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response, FilterChain chain) throws ServletException, IOException {         response.setHeader("Access-Control-Allow-Origin", "*");         response.setHeader("Access-Control-Allow-Methods", "POST, GET, PATCH, OPTIONS, DELETE, PUT");         response.setHeader("Access-Control-Max-Age", "3600");         response.setHeader("Access-Control-Allow-Headers", "Content-Type, Access-Control-Allow-Headers," +                 " X-Requested-With, Origin, X-Auth-Token, Tenant, request_date");         response.addHeader("Access-Control-Expose-Headers", "X-Auth-Token, Content-Disposition");         chain.doFilter(request, response);     } } 


public class RequestCacheFilter extends OncePerRequestFilter {      @Override     protected void doFilterInternal(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response,                                     FilterChain filterChain) throws ServletException, IOException {          HttpServletRequest req = new RequestWrapper(request);         String body = ((RequestWrapper) req).getBody();          /*Do some operation*/          filterChain.doFilter(req, response);     } } 


Some network tools can drop headers that contain underscore in it's name. As per this answer underscore is a legal character but it's uncommon and sometimes tools require additional configuration to support it.

Rename your header to requestDate or request-date and see if it helps. If it works without underscore than inspect network route between client and server e.g. maybe there is a proxy that drops them?


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