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http1 is an API to perform HTTP requests in a single call.

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HTTP1 is a wrapper around httplib to perform HTTP requests in a single call. For instance, to get PyPI index of packages, you might write:

#!/usr/bin/env python # encoding=UTF-8

import httpclient

print httpclient.request(’’).body

request() method

This method performs an HTTP request. The signature of the request method is the following:

request(url, params={}, method=’GET’, body=None, headers={},

content_type=None, content_length=True, username=None, password=None, capitalize_headers=True)

The parameters are the following:

  • url: the URL call, including protocol and parameters (such as ‘’).

  • params: URL parameters as a map, so that {‘foo’: 1, ‘bar’: 2} will result in an URL ending with ‘?foo=1&bar=2’.

  • method: the HTTP method (such as ‘GET’ or ‘POST’). Defaults to ‘GET’.

  • body: the body of the request as a string. Defaults to None.

  • headers: request headers as a dictionnary. Defaults to ‘{}’.

  • content_type: the content type header of the request. Defauls to None.

  • content_lenth: tells if we should add content length headers to the request. Defaults to true.

  • username: username while performing basic authentication, must be set with password.

  • password: password while performing basic authentication, must be set with username.

This method returns the response as a Response object described hereafter.

NOTE: to call HTTPS URLs, Python must have been built with SSL support.

Response object

This object encapsulates status code (200, 404, as an integer), message (such as ‘OK’, ‘Not Found’, as a string), headers (as a dictionnary), and body (as a string).

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