1 - About Python request module

Requests is a python module allowing to use the http protocol in a very simple way! You will discover its power when you want to recover data from a web page at work through a proxy. Because indeed, it really manages everything! Proxies, cookies, ssl, multipart uploads and many other cool things! We offer in this tutorial, some examples of uses of this library.

2 - Installation

As with all python modules, W advise you to use the pip utility:

pip install requests

3 - Create a request 

First, let's import the Requests module:

import requests

Now let's try to retrieve the page from https://en.wikipedia.org/ and display it using the requests module

# importing the requests module
import requests
url = "https://en.wikipedia.org/"

# get the content of the wikipedia website
r = requests.get (url)

# display the content of the page
print (r.text)

4 - The methods associated with the requests object

r = requests.get(url)
r = requests.post(url)
r = requests.put(url)
r = requests.delete(url)
r = requests.head(url)
r = requests.patch(url)
r = requests.options(url)
  1. get   :   method  used to retrieve information from the given server using a given url.
  2. post :    requests that a web server accepts the data enclosed in the body of the request message.
  3. put  :    method requests that the enclosed entity be stored under the supplied url.
  4. delete : method to deletes the specified resource
  5. head  :  method to asks for a response identical to that of a get request, but without the response body.
  6. patch  :  method used for modify capabilities. The patch  request only needs to contain the changes to the resource, not the complete resource.

5 - Read the response

To read the response we have already seen r.text above. For the rest, it's always that simple, here is the method:

r.text #Returns content to unicode
r.content #Returns content in bytes
r.json #Returns the content in json form
r.headers #Returns the headers as a dictionary
r.status_code #Return status code
Younes Derfoufi

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