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Requests Compatibility Guide

HTTPX aims to be broadly compatible with the requests API.

This documentation outlines places where the API differs...

Request URLs

Accessing response.url will return a URL instance, rather than a string. Use str(response.url) if you need a string instance.

Request Content

For uploading raw text or binary content we prefer to use a content parameter, in order to better separate this usage from the case of uploading form data.

For example, using content=... to upload raw content:

# Uploading text, bytes, or a bytes iterator., content=b"Hello, world")

And using data=... to send form data:

# Uploading form data., data={"message": "Hello, world"})

If you're using a type checking tool such as mypy, you'll see warnings issues if using test/byte content with the data argument. However, for compatibility reasons with requests, we do still handle the case where data=... is used with raw binary and text contents.

Status Codes

In our documentation we prefer the uppercased versions, such as codes.NOT_FOUND, but also provide lower-cased versions for API compatibility with requests.

Requests includes various synonyms for status codes that HTTPX does not support.

Streaming responses

HTTPX provides a .stream() interface rather than using stream=True. This ensures that streaming responses are always properly closed outside of the stream block, and makes it visually clearer at which points streaming I/O APIs may be used with a response.

For example:

with"GET", "") as response:

Within a stream() block request data is made available with:

  • .iter_bytes() - Instead of response.iter_content()
  • .iter_text() - Instead of response.iter_content(decode_unicode=True)
  • .iter_lines() - Corresponding to response.iter_lines()
  • .iter_raw() - Use this instead of response.raw
  • .read() - Read the entire response body, making request.text and response.content available.

Proxy keys

When using httpx.Client(proxies={...}) to map to a selection of different proxies, we use full URL schemes, such as proxies={"http://": ..., "https://": ...}.

This is different to the requests usage of proxies={"http": ..., "https": ...}.

This change is for better consistency with more complex mappings, that might also include domain names, such as proxies={"all://": ..., "all://": None} which maps all requests onto a proxy, except for requests to "" which have an explicit exclusion.

Also note that requests.Session.request(...) allows a proxies=... parameter, whereas httpx.Client.request(...) does not.

SSL configuration

When using a Client instance, the trust_env, verify, and cert arguments should always be passed on client instantiation, rather than passed to the request method.

If you need more than one different SSL configuration, you should use different client instances for each SSL configuration.

Request body on HTTP methods

The HTTP GET, DELETE, HEAD, and OPTIONS methods are specified as not supporting a request body. To stay in line with this, the .get, .delete, .head and .options functions do not support files, data, or json arguments.

If you really do need to send request data using these http methods you should use the generic .request function instead.

Checking for 4xx/5xx responses

We don't support response.is_ok since the naming is ambiguous there, and might incorrectly imply an equivalence to response.status_code == codes.OK. Instead we provide the response.is_error property. Use if not response.is_error: instead of if response.is_ok:.

Client instances

The HTTPX equivalent of requests.Session is httpx.Client.

session = requests.Session(**kwargs)

is generally equivalent to

client = httpx.Client(**kwargs)

Request instantiation

There is no notion of prepared requests in HTTPX. If you need to customize request instantiation, see Request instances.

Besides, httpx.Request() does not support the auth, timeout, allow_redirects, proxies, verify and cert parameters. However these are available in httpx.request, httpx.get, etc., as well as on Client instances.


If you need to mock HTTPX the same way that test utilities like responses and requests-mock does for requests, see RESPX.

Networking layer

requests defers most of its HTTP networking code to the excellent urllib3 library.

On the other hand, HTTPX uses HTTPCore as its core HTTP networking layer, which is a different project than urllib3.

Query Parameters

requests omits params whose values are None (e.g. requests.get(..., params={"foo": None})). This is not supported by HTTPX.

Determining the next redirect request

When using allow_redirects=False, the requests library exposes an attribute, which can be used to obtain the next redirect request.

In HTTPX, this attribute is instead named response.next_request. For example:

client = httpx.Client()
request = client.build_request("GET", ...)
while request is not None:
    response = client.send(request, allow_redirects=False)
    request = response.next_request