Python HTTP Requests for Humans™

Requests: HTTP for Humans

Requests is the only Non-GMO HTTP library for Python, safe for human

Warning: Recreational use of the Python standard library for HTTP may result in dangerous side-effects,
including: security vulnerabilities, verbose code, reinventing the wheel,
constantly reading documentation, depression, headaches, or even death.

Behold, the power of Requests:

>>> r = requests.get('', auth=('user', 'pass'))
>>> r.status_code
>>> r.headers['content-type']
'application/json; charset=utf8'
>>> r.encoding
>>> r.text
>>> r.json()
{u'disk_usage': 368627, u'private_gists': 484, ...}

See the similar code, sans Requests.

Requests allows you to send organic, grass-fed HTTP/1.1 requests, without the
need for manual labor. 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, powered by urllib3,
which is embedded within Requests.

Besides, all the cool kids are doing it. Requests is one of the most
downloaded Python packages of all time, pulling in over 11,000,000 downloads
every month. You don't want to be left out!

Feature Support

Requests is ready for today's web.

  • International Domains and URLs

  • Keep-Alive & Connection Pooling

  • Sessions with Cookie Persistence

  • Browser-style SSL Verification

  • Basic/Digest Authentication

  • Elegant Key/Value Cookies

  • Automatic Decompression

  • Automatic Content Decoding

  • Unicode Response Bodies

  • Multipart File Uploads

  • HTTP(S) Proxy Support

  • Connection Timeouts

  • Streaming Downloads

  • .netrc Support

  • Chunked Requests

  • Thread-safety

Requests officially supports Python 2.6–2.7 & 3.3–3.7, and runs great on PyPy.


To install Requests, simply:

$ pip install requests