Requests: HTTP for Humans™

Release v2.26.0. (Installation)

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Requests is an elegant and simple HTTP library for Python, built for human beings.


Behold, the power of Requests:

>>> r = requests.get('https://api.github.com/user', auth=('user', 'pass'))
>>> r.status_code
200
>>> r.headers['content-type']
'application/json; charset=utf8'
>>> r.encoding
'utf-8'
>>> r.text
'{"type":"User"...'
>>> r.json()
{'private_gists': 419, 'total_private_repos': 77, ...}

See similar code, sans Requests.

Requests allows you to send HTTP/1.1 requests extremely easily. There’s no need to manually add query strings to your URLs, or to form-encode your POST data. Keep-alive and HTTP connection pooling are 100% automatic, thanks to urllib3.

Beloved Features

Requests is ready for today’s web.

  • Keep-Alive & Connection Pooling

  • International Domains and URLs

  • Sessions with Cookie Persistence

  • Browser-style SSL Verification

  • Automatic Content Decoding

  • Basic/Digest Authentication

  • Elegant Key/Value Cookies

  • Automatic Decompression

  • Unicode Response Bodies

  • HTTP(S) Proxy Support

  • Multipart File Uploads

  • Streaming Downloads

  • Connection Timeouts

  • Chunked Requests

  • .netrc Support

Requests officially supports Python 2.7 & 3.6+, and runs great on PyPy.

The User Guide

This part of the documentation, which is mostly prose, begins with some background information about Requests, then focuses on step-by-step instructions for getting the most out of Requests.

The Community Guide

This part of the documentation, which is mostly prose, details the Requests ecosystem and community.

The API Documentation / Guide

If you are looking for information on a specific function, class, or method, this part of the documentation is for you.

The Contributor Guide

If you want to contribute to the project, this part of the documentation is for you.

There are no more guides. You are now guideless. Good luck.