With my ESP32 Board, Wemos Lolin32, I would like to make a http GET request to "http://www.arduino.cc/asciilogo.txt", read the text file and print the text file to the serial monitor.

The question is: Why isn't basically the txt file written to the serial monitor? How can it be achieved? Do I need some kind of conversion of the char?

I am using similar code to that from this example https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/HttpClient. Basically the code can be reduced to this minimal example:

#include <WiFi.h>
#include <HttpClient.h>

void setup() {


  WiFi.begin(ssid, password);
  Serial.println("Connecting to WiFi..");
  while (WiFi.status() != WL_CONNECTED) {
  Serial.println("Connected to the WiFi network");

  Serial.println("SETUP FINISHED");

void loop() {
  Serial.println("Connecting to httpClient");

 HttpClient httpClient;
  while (httpClient.available()) {
    char c = httpClient.read();

The expected result is: I would like to see the characters from the txt file (https://www.arduino.cc/asciilogo.txt) in the serial monitor.

The actual result is: The connection to the WiFi can be established. In the serial monitor either question marks or strange symbols are displayed.

I have checked the baud and it is the same in the code and in the monitor. I tried to change this value, but it did not help. Serial monitor


it is http://arduino.cc/asciilogo.txt. without www. www is redirected to https. you can verify it from a browser

  • I have edited the URL, the result is the same.
    – Mckunz
    Jan 25 '19 at 19:11
  • Serial.write(c); if you read raw byte, then write raw byte. print converts number to text
    – Juraj
    Jan 25 '19 at 19:13
  • The server also gzip encodes the content. He needs to add a Accept-Encoding: identity header.
    – gre_gor
    Jan 25 '19 at 19:46
  • Unfortunately it does not work.
    – Mckunz
    Feb 1 '19 at 19:35
  • Yes, I did change it to Serial.write(c);
    – Mckunz
    Feb 1 '19 at 21:45

When switching from HttpClient to HTTPClient and using String payload = http.getString(); Serial.println(payload); I can achieve the expected result.

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