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A next-generation HTTP client for Python.

HTTPX is a fully featured HTTP client for Python 3, which provides sync and async APIs, and support for both HTTP/1.1 and HTTP/2.


HTTPX should currently be considered in beta.

We believe we've got the public API to a stable point now, but would strongly recommend pinning your dependencies to the 0.18.* release, so that you're able to properly review API changes between package updates.

A 1.0 release is expected to be issued sometime in 2021.

Let's get started...

>>> import httpx
>>> r = httpx.get('')
>>> r
<Response [200 OK]>
>>> r.status_code
>>> r.headers['content-type']
'text/html; charset=UTF-8'
>>> r.text
'<!doctype html>\n<html>\n<head>\n<title>Example Domain</title>...'

Or, using the async API...

Use IPython or Python 3.8+ with python -m asyncio to try this code interactively.

>>> import httpx
>>> async with httpx.AsyncClient() as client:
...     r = await client.get('')
>>> r
<Response [200 OK]>


HTTPX is a high performance asynchronous HTTP client, that builds on the well-established usability of requests, and gives you:

Plus all the standard features of requests...

  • 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
  • Automatic Content Decoding
  • Unicode Response Bodies
  • Multipart File Uploads
  • HTTP(S) Proxy Support
  • Connection Timeouts
  • Streaming Downloads
  • .netrc Support
  • Chunked Requests


For a run-through of all the basics, head over to the QuickStart.

For more advanced topics, see the Advanced Usage section, the async support section, or the HTTP/2 section.

The Developer Interface provides a comprehensive API reference.

To find out about tools that integrate with HTTPX, see Third Party Packages.


The HTTPX project relies on these excellent libraries:

  • httpcore - The underlying transport implementation for httpx.
  • h11 - HTTP/1.1 support.
  • h2 - HTTP/2 support. (Optional)
  • certifi - SSL certificates.
  • rfc3986 - URL parsing & normalization.
  • idna - Internationalized domain name support.
  • sniffio - Async library autodetection.
  • async_generator - Backport support for contextlib.asynccontextmanager. (Only required for Python 3.6)
  • brotlicffi - Decoding for "brotli" compressed responses. (Optional)

A huge amount of credit is due to requests for the API layout that much of this work follows, as well as to urllib3 for plenty of design inspiration around the lower-level networking details.


Install with pip:

$ pip install httpx

Or, to include the optional HTTP/2 support, use:

$ pip install httpx[http2]

To include the optional brotli decoder support, use:

$ pip install httpx[brotli]

HTTPX requires Python 3.6+