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HTTPie - a CLI, cURL-like tool for humans.

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HTTPie: a CLI, cURL-like tool for humans

HTTPie (pronounced *aitch-tee-tee-pie*) is a command line HTTP client.
Its goal is to make CLI interaction with web services as human-friendly
as possible. It provides a simple ``http`` command that allows for sending
arbitrary HTTP requests using a simple and natural syntax, and displays
colorized output. HTTPie can be used for testing, debugging, and
generally interacting with HTTP servers.

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Main features

* Expressive and intuitive syntax
* Formatted and colorized terminal output
* Built-in JSON support
* Forms and file uploads
* HTTPS, proxies, and authentication
* Arbitrary request data
* Custom headers
* Persistent sessions
* Wget-like downloads
* Python 2.6, 2.7 and 3.x support
* Linux, Mac OS X and Windows support
* Plugins
* Documentation
* Test coverage



On macOS, HTTPie can be installed via `Homebrew <>`_

.. code-block:: bash

$ brew install httpie

A MacPorts *port* is also available:

.. code-block:: bash

$ port install httpie


Most Linux distributions provide a package that can be installed using the
system package manager, e.g.:

.. code-block:: bash

# Debian-based distributions such as Ubuntu:
$ apt-get install httpie

# RPM-based distributions:
$ yum install httpie

# Arch Linux
$ pacman -S httpie

Windows, etc.

A universal installation method (that works on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, …,
and always provides the latest version) is to use `pip`_:

.. code-block:: bash

# Make sure we have an up-to-date version of pip and setuptools:
$ pip install --upgrade pip setuptools

$ pip install --upgrade httpie

(If ``pip`` installation fails for some reason, you can try
``easy_install httpie`` as a fallback.)

Development version

The latest development version can be installed directly from GitHub:

.. code-block:: bash

# Mac OS X via Homebrew
$ brew install httpie --HEAD

# Universal
$ pip install --upgrade

Python version

Although Python 2.6 and 2.7 are supported as well, it is recommended to install
HTTPie against the latest Python 3.x whenever possible. That will ensure that
some of the newer HTTP features, such as `SNI (Server Name Indication)`_,
work out of the box.
Python 3 is the default for Homebrew installations starting with version 0.9.4.
To see which version HTTPie uses, run ``http --debug``.


Hello World:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http


.. code-block:: bash

$ http [flags] [METHOD] URL [ITEM [ITEM]]

See also ``http --help``.


Custom `HTTP method`_, `HTTP headers`_ and `JSON`_ data:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http PUT X-API-Token:123 name=John

Submitting `forms`_:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http -f POST hello=World

See the request that is being sent using one of the `output options`_:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http -v

Use `Github API`_ to post a comment on an
`issue <>`_
with `authentication`_:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http -a USERNAME POST body='HTTPie is awesome! :heart:'

Upload a file using `redirected input`_:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http < file.json

Download a file and save it via `redirected output`_:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http > file

Download a file ``wget`` style:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --download

Use named `sessions`_ to make certain aspects or the communication persistent
between requests to the same host:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --session=logged-in -a username:password API-Key:123

$ http --session=logged-in

Set a custom ``Host`` header to work around missing DNS records:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http localhost:8000


HTTP method

The name of the HTTP method comes right before the URL argument:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http DELETE

Which looks similar to the actual ``Request-Line`` that is sent:

.. code-block:: http

DELETE /todos/7 HTTP/1.1

When the ``METHOD`` argument is omitted from the command, HTTPie defaults to
either ``GET`` (with no request data) or ``POST`` (with request data).

Request URL

The only information HTTPie needs to perform a request is a URL.
The default scheme is, somewhat unsurprisingly, ``http://``,
and can be omitted from the argument – ``http`` works just fine.

Querystring parameters

If you find yourself manually constructing URLs with
on the terminal, you may appreciate the ``param==value`` syntax for appending
URL parameters. With that, you don't have to worry about escaping the ``&``
separators for your shell. Also, special characters in parameter values,
will also automatically escaped (HTTPie otherwise expects the URL to be
already escaped). To search for ``HTTPie logo`` on Google Images you could use
this command:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http search=='HTTPie logo' tbm==isch

.. code-block:: http

GET /?search=HTTPie+logo&tbm=isch HTTP/1.1

URL shortcuts for ``localhost``

Additionally, curl-like shorthand for localhost is supported.
This means that, for example ``:3000`` would expand to ``http://localhost:3000``
If the port is omitted, then port 80 is assumed.

.. code-block:: bash

$ http :/foo

.. code-block:: http

GET /foo HTTP/1.1
Host: localhost

.. code-block:: bash

$ http :3000/bar

.. code-block:: http

GET /bar HTTP/1.1
Host: localhost:3000

.. code-block:: bash

$ http :

.. code-block:: http

GET / HTTP/1.1
Host: localhost

Custom default scheme

You can use the ``--default-scheme <URL_SCHEME>`` option to create
shortcuts for other protocols than HTTP:

.. code-block:: bash

$ alias https='http --default-scheme=https'

Request items

There are a few different *request item* types that provide a
convenient mechanism for specifying HTTP headers, simple JSON and
form data, files, and URL parameters.

They are key/value pairs specified after the URL. All have in
common that they become part of the actual request that is sent and that
their type is distinguished only by the separator used:
``:``, ``=``, ``:=``, ``==``, ``@``, ``=@``, and ``:=@``. The ones with an
``@`` expect a file path as value.

| Item Type | Description |
| HTTP Headers | Arbitrary HTTP header, e.g. ``X-API-Token:123``. |
| ``Name:Value`` | |
| URL parameters | Appends the given name/value pair as a query |
| ``name==value`` | string parameter to the URL. |
| | The ``==`` separator is used. |
| Data Fields | Request data fields to be serialized as a JSON |
| ``field=value``, | object (default), or to be form-encoded |
| ``field=@file.txt`` | (``--form, -f``). |
| Raw JSON fields | Useful when sending JSON and one or |
| ``field:=json``, | more fields need to be a ``Boolean``, ``Number``, |
| ``field:=@file.json`` | nested ``Object``, or an ``Array``, e.g., |
| | ``meals:='["ham","spam"]'`` or ``pies:=[1,2,3]`` |
| | (note the quotes). |
| Form File Fields | Only available with ``--form, -f``. |
| ``field@/dir/file`` | For example ``screenshot@~/Pictures/img.png``. |
| | The presence of a file field results |
| | in a ``multipart/form-data`` request. |

Note that data fields aren't the only way to specify request data:
`Redirected input`_ is a mechanism for passing arbitrary data request

Escaping rules

You can use ``\`` to escape characters that shouldn't be used as separators
(or parts thereof). For instance, ``foo\==bar`` will become a data key/value
pair (``foo=`` and ``bar``) instead of a URL parameter.

Often it is necessary to quote the values, e.g. ``foo='bar baz'``.

If any of the field names or headers starts with a minus
(e.g., ``-fieldname``), you need to place all such items after the special
token ``--`` to prevent confusion with ``--arguments``:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http -- -name-starting-with-dash=foo -Unusual-Header:bar

.. code-block:: http

POST /post HTTP/1.1
-Unusual-Header: bar
Content-Type: application/json

"-name-starting-with-dash": "value"


JSON is the *lingua franca* of modern web services and it is also the
**implicit content type** HTTPie by default uses.

Simple example:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http PUT name=John

.. code-block:: http

PUT / HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/json, */*
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Content-Type: application/json

"name": "John",
"email": ""

Default behaviour

If your command includes some data `request items`_, they are serialized as a JSON
object by default. HTTPie also automatically sets the following headers,
both of which can be overwritten:

================ =======================================
``Content-Type`` ``application/json``
``Accept`` ``application/json, */*``
================ =======================================

Explicit JSON

You can use ``--json, -j`` to explicitly set ``Accept``
to ``application/json`` regardless of whether you are sending data
(it's a shortcut for setting the header via the usual header notation:
``http url Accept:'application/json, */*'``). Additionally,
HTTPie will try to detect JSON responses even when the
``Content-Type`` is incorrectly ``text/plain`` or unknown.

Non-string JSON fields

Non-string fields use the ``:=`` separator, which allows you to embed raw JSON
into the resulting object. Text and raw JSON files can also be embedded into
fields using ``=@`` and ``:=@``:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http PUT \
name=John \
age:=29 married:=false hobbies:='["http", "pies"]' \ # Raw JSON
description=@about-john.txt \ # Embed text file
bookmarks:=@bookmarks.json # Embed JSON file

.. code-block:: http

PUT /person/1 HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/json, */*
Content-Type: application/json

"age": 29,
"hobbies": [
"description": "John is a nice guy who likes pies.",
"married": false,
"name": "John",
"bookmarks": {
"HTTPie": "",

Please note that with this syntax the command gets unwieldy when sending
complex data. In that case it's always better to use `redirected input`_:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http POST < person.json


Submitting forms is very similar to sending `JSON`_ requests. Often the only
difference is in adding the ``--form, -f`` option, which ensures that
data fields are serialized as, and ``Content-Type`` is set to,
``application/x-www-form-urlencoded; charset=utf-8``. It is possible to make
form data the implicit content type instead of JSON
via the `config`_ file.

Regular forms

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --form POST name='John Smith'

.. code-block:: http

POST /person/1 HTTP/1.1
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded; charset=utf-8


File upload forms

If one or more file fields is present, the serialization and content type is

.. code-block:: bash

$ http -f POST name='John Smith' cv@~/Documents/cv.pdf

The request above is the same as if the following HTML form were

.. code-block:: html

<form enctype="multipart/form-data" method="post" action="">
<input type="text" name="name" />
<input type="file" name="cv" />

Note that ``@`` is used to simulate a file upload form field, whereas
``=@`` just embeds the file content as a regular text field value.

HTTP headers

To set custom headers you can use the ``Header:Value`` notation:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http User-Agent:Bacon/1.0 'Cookie:valued-visitor=yes;foo=bar' \
X-Foo:Bar Referer:

.. code-block:: http

GET / HTTP/1.1
Accept: */*
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Cookie: valued-visitor=yes;foo=bar
User-Agent: Bacon/1.0
X-Foo: Bar

Default request headers

There are a couple of default headers that HTTPie sets:

.. code-block:: http

GET / HTTP/1.1
Accept: */*
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
User-Agent: HTTPie/<version>
Host: <taken-from-URL>

Any of those—except for ``Host``—can be overwritten and some of them unset.

Empty headers and header un-setting

To unset a previously specified header
(such a one of the default headers), use ``Header:``:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http Accept: User-Agent:

To send a header with an empty value, use ``Header;``:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http 'Header;'


The currently supported authentication schemes are Basic and Digest
(see `auth plugins`_ for more). There are two flags that control authentication:

=================== ======================================================
``--auth, -a`` Pass a ``username:password`` pair as
the argument. Or, if you only specify a username
(``-a username``), you'll be prompted for
the password before the request is sent.
To send an empty password, pass ``username:``.
The ``username:password@hostname`` URL syntax is
supported as well (but credentials passed via ``-a``
have higher priority).

``--auth-type, -A`` Specify the auth mechanism. Possible values are
``basic`` and ``digest``. The default value is
``basic`` so it can often be omitted.
=================== ======================================================

Basic auth

.. code-block:: bash

$ http -a username:password

Digest auth

.. code-block:: bash

$ http -A digest -a username:password

Password prompt

.. code-block:: bash

$ http -a username


Authorization information from your ``~/.netrc`` file is honored as well:

.. code-block:: bash

$ cat ~/.netrc
login httpie
password test

$ http
HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Auth plugins

Additional authentication mechanism can be installed as plugins.
They can be found on the `Python Package Index <>`_.
Here's a few picks:

* `httpie-api-auth <>`_: ApiAuth
* `httpie-aws-auth <>`_: ApiAuth
* `httpie-edgegrid <>`_: EdgeGrid
* `httpie-hmac-auth <>`_: HMAC
* `httpie-jwt-auth <>`_: JWTAuth (JSON Web Tokens)
* `httpie-negotiate <>`_: SPNEGO (GSS Negotiate)
* `httpie-ntlm <>`_: NTLM (NT LAN Manager)
* `httpie-oauth <>`_: OAuth
* `requests-hawk <>`_: Hawk

HTTP redirects

By default, HTTP redirects are not followed and only the first
response is shown:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http

Follow ``Location``

To instruct HTTPie to follow the ``Location`` header of ``30x`` responses
and show the final response instead, use the ``--follow, -F`` option:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --follow

Showing intermediary redirect responses

If you additionally wish to see the intermediary requests/responses,
then use the ``--all`` option as well:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --follow --all

Limiting maximum redirects followed

To change the default limit of maximum ``30`` redirects, use the
``--max-redirects=<limit>`` option:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --follow --all --max-redirects=5


You can specify proxies to be used through the ``--proxy`` argument for each
protocol (which is included in the value in case of redirects across protocols):

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --proxy=http: --proxy=https:

With Basic authentication:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --proxy=http:http://user:pass@

Environment variables

You can also configure proxies by environment variables ``HTTP_PROXY`` and
``HTTPS_PROXY``, and the underlying Requests library will pick them up as well.
If you want to disable proxies configured through the environment variables for
certain hosts, you can specify them in ``NO_PROXY``.

In your ``~/.bash_profile``:

.. code-block:: bash

export HTTP_PROXY=
export NO_PROXY=localhost,


To enable SOCKS proxy support please install ``requests[socks]`` using ``pip``:

.. code-block:: bash

$ pip install -U requests[socks]

Usage is the same as for other types of `proxies`_:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --proxy=http:socks5://user:pass@host:port --proxy=https:socks5://user:pass@host:port


Server SSL certificate verification

To skip the host's SSL certificate verification, you can pass ``--verify=no``
(default is ``yes``):

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --verify=no

Custom CA bundle

You can also use ``--verify=<CA_BUNDLE_PATH>`` to set a custom CA bundle path:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --verify=/ssl/custom_ca_bundle

Client side SSL certificate
To use a client side certificate for the SSL communication, you can pass
the path of the cert file with ``--cert``:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --cert=client.pem

If the private key is not contained in the cert file you may pass the
path of the key file with ``--cert-key``:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --cert=client.crt --cert-key=client.key

SSL version

Use the ``--ssl=<PROTOCOL>`` to specify the desired protocol version to use.
This will default to SSL v2.3 which will negotiate the highest protocol that both
the server and your installation of OpenSSL support. The available protocols
are ``ssl2.3``, ``ssl3``, ``tls1``, ``tls1.1``, ``tls1.2``. (The actually
available set of protocols may vary depending on your OpenSSL installation.)

.. code-block:: bash

# Specify the vulnerable SSL v3 protocol to talk to an outdated server:
$ http --ssl=ssl3

SNI (Server Name Indication)

If you use HTTPie with `Python version`_ lower than 2.7.9
(can be verified with ``http --debug``) and need to talk to servers that
use SNI (Server Name Indication) you need to install some additional

.. code-block:: bash

$ pip install --upgrade requests[security]

You can use the following command to test SNI support:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http

Output options

By default, HTTPie only outputs the final response and the whole response
message is printed (headers as well as the body). You can control what should
be printed via several options:

================= =====================================================
``--headers, -h`` Only the response headers are printed.
``--body, -b`` Only the response body is printed.
``--verbose, -v`` Print the whole HTTP exchange (request and response).
This option also enables ``--all`` (see bellow).
``--print, -p`` Selects parts of the HTTP exchange.
================= =====================================================

``--verbose`` can often be useful for debugging the request and generating
documentation examples:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --verbose PUT hello=world
PUT /put HTTP/1.1
Accept: application/json, */*
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Content-Type: application/json
User-Agent: HTTPie/0.2.7dev

"hello": "world"

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Connection: keep-alive
Content-Length: 477
Content-Type: application/json
Date: Sun, 05 Aug 2012 00:25:23 GMT
Server: gunicorn/0.13.4


What parts of the HTTP exchange should be printed

All the other `output options`_ are under the hood just shortcuts for
the more powerful ``--print, -p``. It accepts a string of characters each
of which represents a specific part of the HTTP exchange:

========== ==================
Character Stands for
========== ==================
``H`` request headers
``B`` request body
``h`` response headers
``b`` response body
========== ==================

Print request and response headers:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --print=Hh PUT hello=world

Viewing intermediary requests/responses

To see all the HTTP communication, i.e. the final request/response as
well as any possible intermediary requests/responses, use the ``--all``
option. The intermediary HTTP communication include followed redirects
(with ``--follow``), the first unauthorized request when HTTP digest
authentication is used (``--auth=digest``), etc.

.. code-block:: bash

# Include all responses that lead to the final one:
$ http --all --follow

The intermediary requests/response are by default formatted according to
``--print, -p`` (and its shortcuts described above). If you'd like to change
that, use the ``--history-print, -P`` option. It takes the same
arguments as ``--print, -p`` but applies to the intermediary requests only.

.. code-block:: bash

# Print the intermediary requests/responses differently than the final one:
$ http -A digest -a foo:bar --all -p Hh -P H

Conditional body download

As an optimization, the response body is downloaded from the server
only if it's part of the output. This is similar to performing a ``HEAD``
request, except that it applies to any HTTP method you use.

Let's say that there is an API that returns the whole resource when it is
updated, but you are only interested in the response headers to see the
status code after an update:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --headers PATCH name='New Name'

Since we are only printing the HTTP headers here, the connection to the server
is closed as soon as all the response headers have been received.
Therefore, bandwidth and time isn't wasted downloading the body
which you don't care about. The response headers are downloaded always,
even if they are not part of the output

Redirected Input

The universal method for passing request data is through redirected ``stdin``
(standard input)—piping. Such data is buffered and then with no further
processing used as the request body. There are multiple useful ways to use

Redirect from a file:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http PUT X-API-Token:123 < person.json

Or the output of another program:

.. code-block:: bash

$ grep '401 Unauthorized' /var/log/httpd/error_log | http POST

You can use ``echo`` for simple data:

.. code-block:: bash

$ echo '{"name": "John"}' | http PATCH X-API-Token:123

You can even pipe web services together using HTTPie:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http GET | http POST

You can use ``cat`` to enter multiline data on the terminal:

.. code-block:: bash

$ cat | http POST

.. code-block:: bash

$ cat | http POST Content-Type:text/plain
- buy milk
- call parents

On OS X, you can send the contents of the clipboard with ``pbpaste``:

.. code-block:: bash

$ pbpaste | http PUT

Passing data through ``stdin`` cannot be combined with data fields specified
on the command line:

.. code-block:: bash

$ echo 'data' | http POST more=data # This is invalid

To prevent HTTPie from reading ``stdin`` data you can use the
``--ignore-stdin`` option.

Request data from a filename

An alternative to redirected ``stdin`` is specifying a filename (as
``@/path/to/file``) whose content is used as if it came from ``stdin``.

It has the advantage that the ``Content-Type``
header is automatically set to the appropriate value based on the
filename extension. For example, the following request sends the
verbatim contents of that XML file with ``Content-Type: application/xml``:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http PUT @/data/file.xml

Terminal output

HTTPie does several things by default in order to make its terminal output
easy to read.

Colors and formatting

Syntax highlighting is applied to HTTP headers and bodies (where it makes
sense). You can choose your preferred color scheme via the ``--style`` option
if you don't like the default one (see ``$ http --help`` for the possible

Also, the following formatting is applied:

* HTTP headers are sorted by name.
* JSON data is indented, sorted by keys, and unicode escapes are converted
to the characters they represent.

One of these options can be used to control output processing:

==================== ========================================================
``--pretty=all`` Apply both colors and formatting.
Default for terminal output.
``--pretty=colors`` Apply colors.
``--pretty=format`` Apply formatting.
``--pretty=none`` Disables output processing.
Default for redirected output.
==================== ========================================================

Binary data

Binary data is suppressed for terminal output, which makes it safe to perform
requests to URLs that send back binary data. Binary data is suppressed also in
redirected, but prettified output. The connection is closed as soon as we know
that the response body is binary,

.. code-block:: bash

$ http

You will nearly instantly see something like this:

.. code-block:: http

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Accept-Ranges: bytes
Content-Encoding: gzip
Content-Type: video/quicktime
Transfer-Encoding: chunked

| NOTE: binary data not shown in terminal |

Redirected output

HTTPie uses a different set of defaults for redirected output than for
`terminal output`_. The differences being:

* Formatting and colors aren't applied (unless ``--pretty`` is specified).
* Only the response body is printed (unless one of the `output options`_ is set).
* Also, binary data isn't suppressed.

The reason is to make piping HTTPie's output to another programs and
downloading files work with no extra flags. Most of the time, only the raw
response body is of an interest when the output is redirected.

Download a file:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http >

Download an image of Octocat, resize it using ImageMagick, upload it elsewhere:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http | convert - -resize 25% - | http

Force colorizing and formatting, and show both the request and the response in
``less`` pager:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --pretty=all --verbose | less -R

The ``-R`` flag tells ``less`` to interpret color escape sequences included
HTTPie`s output.

You can create a shortcut for invoking HTTPie with colorized and paged output
by adding the following to your ``~/.bash_profile``:

.. code-block:: bash

function httpless {
# `httpless'
http --pretty=all --print=hb "$@" | less -R;

Download mode

HTTPie features a download mode in which it acts similarly to ``wget``.

When enabled using the ``--download, -d`` flag, response headers are printed to
the terminal (``stderr``), and a progress bar is shown while the response body
is being saved to a file.

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --download

.. code-block:: http

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=httpie-master.tar.gz
Content-Length: 257336
Content-Type: application/x-gzip

Downloading 251.30 kB to "httpie-master.tar.gz"
Done. 251.30 kB in 2.73862s (91.76 kB/s)

Downloaded file name

If not provided via ``--output, -o``, the output filename will be determined
from ``Content-Disposition`` (if available), or from the URL and
``Content-Type``. If the guessed filename already exists, HTTPie adds a unique
suffix to it.

Piping while downloading

You can also redirect the response body to another program while the response
headers and progress are still shown in the terminal:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http -d | tar zxf -

Resuming downloads

If ``--output, -o`` is specified, you can resume a partial download using the
``--continue, -c`` option. This only works with servers that support
``Range`` requests and ``206 Partial Content`` responses. If the server doesn't
support that, the whole file will simply be downloaded:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http -dco

Other notes

* The ``--download`` option only changes how the response body is treated.
* You can still set custom headers, use sessions, ``--verbose, -v``, etc.
* ``--download`` always implies ``--follow`` (redirects are followed).
* HTTPie exits with status code ``1`` (error) if the body hasn't been fully
* ``Accept-Encoding`` cannot be set with ``--download``.

Streamed responses

Responses are downloaded and printed in chunks which allows for streaming
and large file downloads without using too much memory. However, when
`colors and formatting`_ is applied, the whole response is buffered and only
then processed at once.

Disabling buffering

You can use the ``--stream, -S`` flag to make two things happen:

1. The output is flushed in much smaller chunks without any buffering,
which makes HTTPie behave kind of like ``tail -f`` for URLs.

2. Streaming becomes enabled even when the output is prettified: It will be
applied to each line of the response and flushed immediately. This makes
it possible to have a nice output for long-lived requests, such as one
to the Twitter streaming API.

Examples use cases

Prettified streamed response:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --stream -f -a YOUR-TWITTER-NAME track='Justin Bieber'

Streamed output by small chunks alá ``tail -f``:

.. code-block:: bash

# Send each new tweet (JSON object) mentioning "Apple" to another
# server as soon as it arrives from the Twitter streaming API:
$ http --stream -f -a YOUR-TWITTER-NAME track=Apple \
| while read tweet; do echo "$tweet" | http POST ; done


By default, every request HTTPie makes is completely independent of any
previous ones to the same host.

However, HTTPie also supports persistent
sessions via the ``--session=SESSION_NAME_OR_PATH`` option. In a session,
custom headers—except for the ones starting with ``Content-`` or ``If-``—,
authorization, and cookies
(manually specified or sent by the server) persist between requests
to the same host.

.. code-block:: bash

# Create a new session
$ http --session=/tmp/session.json API-Token:123

# Re-use an existing session — API-Token will be set:
$ http --session=/tmp/session.json

All session data, including credentials, cookie data,
and custom headers are stored in plain text.
That means session files can also be created and edited manually in a text
editor—they are regular JSON.

Named sessions

You can create one or more named session per host. For example, this is how
you can create a new session named ``user1`` for ````:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --session=user1 -a user1:password X-Foo:Bar

From now onw, you can refer to the session by its name. When you choose to
use the session again, any the previously used authorization and HTTP headers
will automatically be set:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --session=user1

To create or reuse a different session, simple specify a different name:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --session=user2 -a user2:password X-Bar:Foo

Named sessions' data is stored in JSON files in the directory
(``%APPDATA%\httpie\sessions\<host>\<name>.json`` on Windows).

Anonymous sessions

Instead of a name, you can also directly specify a path to a session file. This
allows for sessions to be re-used across multiple hosts:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http --session=/tmp/session.json
$ http --session=/tmp/session.json
$ http --session=~/.httpie/sessions/
$ http --session-read-only=/tmp/session.json

Readonly session

To use an existing session file without updating it from the request/response
exchange once it is created, specify the session name via
``--session-read-only=SESSION_NAME_OR_PATH`` instead.


HTTPie uses a simple JSON config file.

Config file location

The default location of the configuration file is ``~/.httpie/config.json``
(or ``%APPDATA%\httpie\config.json`` on Windows). The config directory
location can be changed by setting the ``HTTPIE_CONFIG_DIR``
environment variable. To view the exact location run ``http --debug``.

Configurable options

The JSON file contains an object with the following keys:


An ``Array`` (by default empty) of default options that should be applied to
every invocation of HTTPie.

For instance, you can use this option to change the default style and output
options: ``"default_options": ["--style=fruity", "--body"]`` Another useful
default option could be ``"--session=default"`` to make HTTPie always
use `sessions`_ (one named ``default`` will automatically be used).
Or you could change the implicit request content type from JSON to form by
adding ``--form`` to the list.


HTTPie automatically stores some of its metadata here. Please do not change.

Un-setting previously specified options

Default options from the config file, or specified any other way,
can be unset for a particular invocation via ``--no-OPTION`` arguments passed
on the command line (e.g., ``--no-style`` or ``--no-session``).


When using HTTPie from shell scripts, it can be handy to set the
``--check-status`` flag. It instructs HTTPie to exit with an error if the
HTTP status is one of ``3xx``, ``4xx``, or ``5xx``. The exit status will
be ``3`` (unless ``--follow`` is set), ``4``, or ``5``,

.. code-block:: bash


if http --check-status --ignore-stdin --timeout=2.5 HEAD &> /dev/null; then
echo 'OK!'
case $? in
2) echo 'Request timed out!' ;;
3) echo 'Unexpected HTTP 3xx Redirection!' ;;
4) echo 'HTTP 4xx Client Error!' ;;
5) echo 'HTTP 5xx Server Error!' ;;
6) echo 'Exceeded --max-redirects=<n> redirects!' ;;
*) echo 'Other Error!' ;;

Best practices

The default behaviour of automatically reading ``stdin`` is typically not
desirable during non-interactive invocations. You most likely want
use the ``--ignore-stdin`` option to disable it.

It is a common gotcha that without this option HTTPie seemingly hangs.
What happens is that when HTTPie is invoked for example from a cron job,
``stdin`` is not connected to a terminal.
Therefore, rules for `redirected input`_ apply, i.e., HTTPie starts to read it
expecting that the request body will be passed through.
And since there's no data nor ``EOF``, it will be stuck. So unless you're
piping some data to HTTPie, this flag should be used in scripts.

Also, it's might be good to override the default ``30`` second ``--timeout`` to
something that suits you.


Interface design

The syntax of the command arguments closely corresponds to the actual HTTP
requests sent over the wire. It has the advantage that it's easy to remember
and read. It is often possible to translate an HTTP request to an HTTPie
argument list just by inlining the request elements. For example, compare this
HTTP request:

.. code-block:: http

POST /collection HTTP/1.1
X-API-Key: 123
User-Agent: Bacon/1.0
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded


with the HTTPie command that sends it:

.. code-block:: bash

$ http -f POST \
X-API-Key:123 \
User-Agent:Bacon/1.0 \
name=value \

Notice that both the order of elements and the syntax is very similar,
and that only a small portion of the command is used to control HTTPie and
doesn't directly correspond to any part of the request (here it's only ``-f``
asking HTTPie to send a form request).

The two modes, ``--pretty=all`` (default for terminal) and ``--pretty=none``
(default for redirected output), allow for both user-friendly interactive use
and usage from scripts, where HTTPie serves as a generic HTTP client.

As HTTPie is still under heavy development, the existing command line
syntax and some of the ``--OPTIONS`` may change slightly before
HTTPie reaches its final version ``1.0``. All changes are recorded in the
`change log`_.

User support

Please use the following support channels:

* `GitHub issues <>`_
for bug reports and feature requests.
* `Our Gitter chat room <>`_
to ask questions, discuss features, and for general discussion.
* `StackOverflow <>`_
to ask questions (please make sure to use the
`httpie <>`_ tag).
* Tweet directly to `@clihttp <>`_.
* You can also tweet directly to `@jkbrzt`_.

Related projects


Under the hood, HTTPie uses these two amazing libraries:

* `Requests <>`_
— Python HTTP library for humans
* `Pygments <>`_
— Python syntax highlighter

HTTPie friends

HTTPie plays exceptionally well with the following tools:

* `jq <>`_
— CLI JSON processor that
works great in conjunction with HTTPie
* `http-prompt <>`_
— interactive shell for HTTPie featuring autocomplete
and command syntax highlighting


See `CONTRIBUTING.rst <>`_.

Change log

See `CHANGELOG <>`_.


See `claudiatd/httpie-artwork`_


BSD-3-Clause: `LICENSE <>`_.


`Jakub Roztocil`_ (`@jkbrzt`_) created HTTPie and `these fine people`_
have contributed.

.. _pip:
.. _Github API:
.. _these fine people:
.. _Jakub Roztocil:
.. _@jkbrzt:
.. _claudiatd/httpie-artwork:

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