author Ryan VanderMeulen <>
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:26:50 -0400
changeset 290985 fda36c6f4825ead1f23eb9711bf05aa2940590d8
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Backed out 3 changesets (bug 1180556, bug 1180555, bug 1180554) for test_interfaces.html failures. Backed out changeset 3210b4a21f50 (bug 1180556) Backed out changeset d08f41259fb9 (bug 1180555) Backed out changeset ad74716bf6e7 (bug 1180554)

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.
#. If you feel uncomfortable or uncertain about an issue or your changes, feel free to email @sigmavirus24 and he will happily help you via email, Skype, remote pairing or whatever you are comfortable with.
#. 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: