author Andrew Osmond <>
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:48:59 -0500
changeset 342662 45dd83a63162363fe69af8e65e8a79b24827ce38
parent 284386 8e7ae3dc738782436cf0886f0d84768843da849c
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Bug 1339202 - Decode images to shared surfaces for WebRender. r=tnikkel

Requests: HTTP for Humans

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Requests is an Apache2 Licensed HTTP library, written in Python, for human

Most existing Python modules for sending HTTP requests are extremely
verbose and cumbersome. Python's builtin urllib2 module provides most of
the HTTP capabilities you should need, but the api is thoroughly broken.
It requires an enormous amount of work (even method overrides) to
perform the simplest of tasks.

Things shouldn't be this way. Not in Python.

.. code-block:: python

    >>> r = requests.get('', auth=('user', 'pass'))
    >>> r.status_code
    >>> r.headers['content-type']
    >>> r.text

See `the same code, without Requests <>`_.

Requests allow you to send HTTP/1.1 requests. You can add headers, form data,
multipart files, and parameters with simple Python dictionaries, and access the
response data in the same way. It's powered by httplib and `urllib3
<>`_, but it does all the hard work and crazy
hacks for you.


- 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
- Unicode Response Bodies
- Multipart File Uploads
- Connection Timeouts
- Thread-safety
- HTTP(S) proxy support


To install Requests, simply:

.. code-block:: bash

    $ pip install requests


Documentation is available at


#. Check for open issues or open a fresh issue to start a discussion around a feature idea or a bug. There is a `Contributor Friendly`_ tag for issues that should be ideal for people who are not very familiar with the codebase yet.
#. Fork `the repository`_ on GitHub to start making your changes to the **master** branch (or branch off of it).
#. Write a test which shows that the bug was fixed or that the feature works as expected.
#. Send a pull request and bug the maintainer until it gets merged and published. :) Make sure to add yourself to AUTHORS_.

.. _`the repository`:
.. _Contributor Friendly: