Python Requests Post

Documentation for the Python Requests post module in the context of the HTTP POST method and its corresponding Requests function. Learn more.

Python Requests post: Simple Post

from requests import post
foo = post('', data = {'key':'value'})

Will perform a simple HTTP POST operation. Posted data can be inmost formats, however key value pairs are most prevalent.


Headers can be viewed:


An example response:

{'Content-Length': '439', 'X-Processed-Time': '0.000802993774414', 'X-Powered-By': 'Flask',
'Server': 'meinheld/0.6.1', 'Connection': 'keep-alive', 'Via': '1.1 vegur', 'Access-Control-Allow-
Credentials': 'true', 'Date': 'Sun, 21 May 2017 20:56:05 GMT', 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin': '*',
'Content-Type': 'application/json'}

Headers can also be prepared before post:

headers = {'Cache-Control':'max-age=0',
'User-Agent':'Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/54.0.2840.99 Safari/537.36',
'Accept-Encoding':'gzip, deflate, br',

foo = post(‘’, headers=headers, data = {‘key’:’value’})


Encoding can be set and viewed in much the same way:

foo.encoding = 'ISO-8859-1'

SSL Verification

Requests by default validates SSL certificates of domains. This can be overridden:

foo = post('', data = {'key':'value'}, verify=False)


Any redirection will be followed (e.g. http to https) this can also be changed:

foo = post('', data = {'key':'value'}, allow_redirects=False)

If the post operation has been redirected, this value can be accessed:


A full history of redirects can be viewed:


Form Encoded Data

from requests import post
payload = {'key1' : 'value1',
'key2' : 'value2'
foo = post('', data=payload)

To pass form encoded data with the post operation, data must be structured as dictionary and supplied as the data parameter.

If the data does not want to be form encoded, simply pass a string, or integer to the data parameter.

Supply the dictionary to the json parameter for Requests to format the data automatically:

from requests import post
payload = {'key1' : 'value1', 'key2' : 'value2'}
foo = post('', json=payload)

Python Requests post: File Upload

With the Requests module, it’s only necessary to provide a file handle as opposed to the contents retrieved with


from requests import post
files = {'file' : open('data.txt', 'rb')}
foo = post('', files=files)

Filename, content_type and headers can also be set:

files = {'file': ('report.xls', open('report.xls', 'rb'), 'application/', {'Expires':
foo ='', files=files)

Strings can also be sent as a file, as long they are supplied as the files parameter.

Multiple Files

Multiple files can be supplied in much the same way as one file:

multiple_files = [
('images', ('foo.png', open('foo.png', 'rb'), 'image/png')),
('images', ('bar.png', open('bar.png', 'rb'), 'image/png'))]
foo = post('', files=multiple_files)


Response codes can be viewed from a post operation:

from requests import post
foo = post('', data={'data' : 'value'})

Returned Data

Accessing data that is returned:

foo = post('', data={'data' : 'value'})

Raw Responses

In the instances where you need to access the underlying urllib3 response.HTTPResponse object, this can be done by the following:

foo = post('', data={'data' : 'value'})
res = foo.raw

Python Requests post: Authentication

Simple HTTP Authentication

Simple HTTP Authentication can be achieved with the following:

from requests import post
foo = post('', auth=('natas0', 'natas0'))

This is technically short hand for the following:

from requests import post
from requests.auth import HTTPBasicAuth

foo = post('', auth=HTTPBasicAuth('natas0', 'natas0'))

HTTP Digest Authentication

HTTP Digest Authentication is done in a very similar way, Requests provides a different object for this:

from requests import post
from requests.auth import HTTPDigestAuth
foo = post('', auth=HTTPDigestAuth('natas0', 'natas0'))

Custom Authentication

In some cases the built in authentication mechanisms may not be enough, imagine this example:

A server is configured to accept authentication if the sender has the correct user-agent string, a certain header value and supplies the correct credentials through HTTP Basic Authentication. To achieve this a custom authentication class should be prepared, subclassing AuthBase, which is the base for Requests authentication implementations:

from requests.auth import AuthBase
from requests.auth import _basic_auth_str
from requests._internal_utils import to_native_string
class CustomAuth(AuthBase):
def init(self, secret_header, user_agent , username, password):
setup any auth-related data here self.secret_header = secret_header self.user_agent = user_agent self.username = username self.password = password
def call(self, r):

modify and return the request

r.headers['X-Secret'] = self.secret_header
r.headers['User-Agent'] = self.user_agent
r.headers['Authorization'] = _basic_auth_str(self.username, self.password)
return r
This can then be utilized with the following code:
foo = get('', auth=CustomAuth('SecretHeader', 'CustomUserAgent', 'user', 'password' ))

Python Requests post: Proxies

Each request POST operation can be configured to use network proxies

HTTP/S Proxies

from requests import post
proxies = {
'http': '',
'https': '',
foo ='', proxies=proxies)

HTTP Basic Authentication can be provided in this manner:

proxies = {'http': 'https://user:[email protected]:312'}
foo ='', proxies=proxies)

SOCKS Proxies

The use of socks proxies requires 3rd party dependencies requests[socks], once installed socks proxies are used in a very similar way to HTTPBasicAuth:

proxies = {
'http': 'socks5://user:[email protected]:port',
'https': 'socks5://user:[email protected]:port'
foo ='', proxies=proxies)

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