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http request/response parser

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HTTP request/response parser for Python compatible with Python 2.x (>=2.7), Python 3 and Pypy. If possible a C parser based on http-parser from Ryan Dahl will be used.

http-parser is under the MIT license.

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  • Python 2.7 or sup. Pypy latest version.

  • Cython if you need to rebuild the C code (Not needed for Pypy)


$ pip install http-parser

Or install from source:

$ git clone git://
$ cd http-parser && python install

Note: if you get an error on MacOSX try to install with the following arguments:

$ env ARCHFLAGS=”-arch i386 -arch x86_64” python install


http-parser provide you parser.HttpParser low-level parser in C that you can access in your python program and http.HttpStream providing higher-level access to a readable,sequential io.RawIOBase object.

To help you in your day work, http-parser provides you 3 kind of readers in the reader module: IterReader to read iterables, StringReader to reads strings and StringIO objects, SocketReader to read sockets or objects with the same api (recv_into needed). You can of course use any io.RawIOBase object.

Example of HttpStream


#!/usr/bin/env python
import socket

from http_parser.http import HttpStream
from http_parser.reader import SocketReader

def main():
    s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)
        s.connect(('', 80))
        s.send("GET / HTTP/1.1\r\nHost:\r\n\r\n")
        r = SocketReader(s)
        p = HttpStream(r)
        print p.headers()
        print p.body_file().read()

if __name__ == "__main__":

Example of HttpParser:

#!/usr/bin/env python
import socket

# try to import C parser then fallback in pure python parser.
    from http_parser.parser import HttpParser
except ImportError:
    from http_parser.pyparser import HttpParser

def main():

    p = HttpParser()
    s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)
    body = []
        s.connect(('', 80))
        s.send("GET / HTTP/1.1\r\nHost:\r\n\r\n")

        while True:
            data = s.recv(1024)
            if not data:

            recved = len(data)
            nparsed = p.execute(data, recved)
            assert nparsed == recved

            if p.is_headers_complete():
                print p.get_headers()

            if p.is_partial_body():

            if p.is_message_complete():

        print "".join(body)


if __name__ == "__main__":

You can find more docs in the code (or use a doc generator).

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