Targeted URL Stream Handler Plugin Extension

This type of plugin can be used when it is necessary to impose custom URL stream handlers for specific URLs.

This plugin extension can handle the following protocols: http, https, ftp or sftp, for which Oxygen XML Developer usually provides specific fixed URL stream handlers. If it is set to handle connections for a specific protocol, this extension will be asked to provide the URL stream handler for each opened connection of a URL having that protocol.

To use this type of plugin, you have to implement the ro.sync.exml.plugin.urlstreamhandler.TargetedURLStreamHandlerPluginExtension interface, that provides the following methods:
  • boolean canHandleProtocol(String protocol) - This method checks if the plugin can handle a specific protocol. If this method returns true for a specific protocol, the getURLStreamHandler(URL) method will be called for each opened connection of a URL having this protocol.
  • URLStreamHandler getURLStreamHandler(URL url) - This method provides the URL handler for the specified URL and it is called for each opened connection of a URL with a protocol for which the canHandleProtocol(String) method returns true.

    If this method returns null, the default Oxygen XML Developer URLStreamHandler is used.

To use this type of extension in your plugin, create an extension of TargetedURLHandler type in your plugin.xml file and specify the class that implements TargetedURLStreamHandlerPluginExtension:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plugin SYSTEM "../plugin.dtd">
<plugin name="CustomTargetedURLStreamHandlerPlugin" ..............>
 <extension type="TargetedURLHandler" 

This extension can be useful in situations when connections opened from a specific host must be handled in a particular way. For example, the Oxygen XML Developer HTTP URLStreamHandler may not be compatible for sending and receiving SOAP using the SUN Web Services implementation. In this case, you can override the stream handler (set by Oxygen XML Developer) to use the default SUN URLStreamHandler, since it is more compatible with sending and receiving SOAP requests.

public class CustomTargetedURLStreamHandlerPluginExtension 
  implements TargetedURLStreamHandlerPluginExtension {

  public boolean canHandleProtocol(String protocol) {
    boolean handleProtocol = false;
    if ("http".equals(protocol) || "https".equals(protocol)) {
      // This extension handles both HTTP and HTTPS protocols
      handleProtocol = true;
    return handleProtocol;

  public URLStreamHandler getURLStreamHandler(URL url) {
    // This method is called only for the URLs with a protocol 
    // where canHandleProtocol(String) method returns true (HTTP and HTTPS)

    URLStreamHandler handler = null;
    String host = url.getHost();
    String protocol = url.getProtocol();
    if ("some_host".equals(host)) {
      // When there are connections opened from some_host, the SUN HTTP(S) 
      // handlers are used
      if ("http".equals(protocol)) {
        handler = new;
      } else {
        handler = new;
    return handler;