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HTTP/2 State-Machine based protocol implementation

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This repository contains a pure-Python implementation of a HTTP/2 protocol stack. It’s written from the ground up to be embeddable in whatever program you choose to use, ensuring that you can speak HTTP/2 regardless of your programming paradigm.

You use it like this:

import h2.connection
import h2.config

config = h2.config.H2Configuration()
conn = h2.connection.H2Connection(config=config)
conn.send_headers(stream_id=stream_id, headers=headers)
conn.send_data(stream_id, data)
events = conn.receive_data(socket_data)

This repository does not provide a parsing layer, a network layer, or any rules about concurrency. Instead, it’s a purely in-memory solution, defined in terms of data actions and HTTP/2 frames. This is one building block of a full Python HTTP implementation.

To install it, just run:

$ python -m pip install h2


Documentation is available at .


h2 welcomes contributions from anyone! Unlike many other projects we are happy to accept cosmetic contributions and small contributions, in addition to large feature requests and changes.

Before you contribute (either by opening an issue or filing a pull request), please read the contribution guidelines.


h2 is made available under the MIT License. For more details, see the LICENSE file in the repository.


h2 was authored by Cory Benfield and is maintained by the members of python-hyper.

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