Requests III: HTTP for Humans and Machines, alike.

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Requests III is an HTTP library for Python, built for Humans and Machines, alike. This repository is a work in progress, and the expected release timeline is “before PyCon 2020”.


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Behold, the power of Requests III:

>>> from requests import HTTPSession

# Make a connection pool.
>>> http = HTTPSession()

# Make a request.
>>> r = http.request('get', '')

# View response data.
>>> r.json()
{'ip': ''}

Requests III allows you to send organic, grass-fed HTTP/1.1 & HTTP/2 (wip) requests, without the need for manual thought-labor. There’s no need to add query strings to your URLs, or to form-encode your POST data. Keep-alive and HTTP connection pooling are 100% automatic, as well.

Besides, all the cool kids are doing it. Requests is one of the most downloaded Python packages of all time, pulling in over ~1.6 million installations per day!

User Testimonials

Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Salesforce, Heroku, DigitalOcean, RedHat, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, &c all use Requests to query internal HTTPS services.

Armin Ronacher, creator of Flask—
Requests is the perfect example how beautiful an API can be with the right level of abstraction.
Matt DeBoard
I’m going to get Kenneth Reitz’s Python requests module tattooed on my body, somehow. The whole thing.
Daniel Greenfeld
Nuked a 1200 LOC spaghetti code library with 10 lines of code thanks to Kenneth Reitz’s Requests library. Today has been AWESOME.
Kenny Meyers
Python HTTP: When in doubt, or when not in doubt, use Requests. Beautiful, simple, Pythonic.

Requests is one of the most downloaded Python packages of all time, pulling in pulling in over ~1.6 million installations per day!. Join the party!

If your organization uses Requests internally, consider supporting the development of 3.0.

Feature Support

Requests III is ready for today’s web.

  • Support for H11 & H2 protocols.
  • Type-annotations for all public-facing APIs.
  • Better defaults; required timeouts.
  • async/await keyword & asyncio support.
  • Compability with Python 3.6+.

While retaining all the features of Requests Classic:

  • 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

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.