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HTTPie - cURL for humans.

Project description

HTTPie is a CLI HTTP utility built out of frustration with existing tools. The goal is to make CLI interaction with HTTP-based services as human-friendly as possible.

HTTPie does so by providing an http command that allows for issuing arbitrary HTTP requests using a simple and natural syntax and displaying colorized responses:

HTTPie compared to cURL

Under the hood, HTTPie uses the excellent Requests and Pygments Python libraries.


The latest stable version of HTTPie can always be installed (or updated to) via pip:

pip install -U httpie

Or, you can install the development version directly from GitHub:

Build Status of the master branch
pip install -U


Hello world:

http GET


http [flags] METHOD URL [items]

There are three types of key-value pair items available:

Arbitrary HTTP headers. The : character is used to separate a header’s name from its value, e.g., X-API-Token:123.
Simple data items
Data items are included in the request body. Depending on the Content-Type, they are automatically serialized as a JSON Object (default) or application/x-www-form-urlencoded (the -f flag). Data items use = as the separator, e.g., hello=world.
Raw JSON items
This item type is needed when Content-Type is JSON and a field’s value is a Boolean, Number, nested Object or an Array, because simple data items are always serialized as String. E.g. pies=[1,2,3].


http PATCH X-API-Token:123 name=John age:=29

The following request is issued:

PATCH /person/1 HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: HTTPie/0.1
X-API-Token: 123
Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8

{"name": "John", "email": "", "age": 29}

It can easily be changed to a ‘form’ request using the -f (or --form) flag, which produces:

PATCH /person/1 HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: HTTPie/0.1
X-API-Token: 123
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded; charset=utf-8


A whole request body can be passed in via stdin instead:

echo '{"name": "John"}' | http PATCH X-API-Token:123
# Or:
http POST X-API-Token:123 < person.json


Most of the flags mirror the arguments understood by requests.request. See http -h for more details:

usage: http [-h] [--version] [--json | --form] [--traceback]
            [--pretty | --ugly] [--headers | --body] [--style STYLE]
            [--auth AUTH] [--verify VERIFY] [--proxy PROXY]
            [--allow-redirects] [--file PATH] [--timeout TIMEOUT]
            METHOD URL [items [items ...]]

HTTPie - cURL for humans.

positional arguments:
  METHOD                HTTP method to be used for the request (GET, POST,
                        PUT, DELETE, PATCH, ...).
  URL                   Protocol defaults to http:// if the URL does not
                        include it.
  items                 HTTP header (key:value), data field (key=value) or raw
                        JSON field (field:=value).

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --version             show program's version number and exit
  --json, -j            Serialize data items as a JSON object and set Content-
                        Type to application/json, if not specified.
  --form, -f            Serialize data items as form values and set Content-
                        Type to application/x-www-form-urlencoded, if not
  --traceback           Print exception traceback should one occur.
  --pretty, -p          If stdout is a terminal, the response is prettified by
                        default (colorized and indented if it is JSON). This
                        flag ensures prettifying even when stdout is
  --ugly, -u            Do not prettify the response.
  --headers, -t         Print only the response headers.
  --body, -b            Print only the response body.
  --style STYLE, -s STYLE
                        Output coloring style, one of autumn, borland, bw,
                        colorful, default, emacs, friendly, fruity, manni,
                        monokai, murphy, native, pastie, perldoc, solarized,
                        tango, trac, vim, vs. Defaults to solarized.
  --auth AUTH, -a AUTH  username:password
  --verify VERIFY       Set to "yes" to check the host's SSL certificate. You
                        can also pass the path to a CA_BUNDLE file for private
                        certs. You can also set the REQUESTS_CA_BUNDLE
                        environment variable.
  --proxy PROXY         String mapping protocol to the URL of the proxy (e.g.
  --allow-redirects     Set this flag if full redirects are allowed (e.g. re-
                        POST-ing of data at new ``Location``)
  --file PATH           File to multipart upload
  --timeout TIMEOUT     Float describes the timeout of the request (Use
                        socket.setdefaulttimeout() as fallback).


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