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Borrow cookies from your browser's authenticated session foruse in Python scripts.

Project Description


Borrow cookies from your browser’s authenticated session for use in Python scripts.


NB: Use pip and python instead of pip3 and python3 if you’re still on Python 2 and using pycookiecheat < v0.4.0. pycookiecheat >= v0.4.0 requires Python 3.5+, and may soon go to 3.6+.

  • pip3 install pycookiecheat

Installation notes regarding alternative keyrings on Linux

See #12. Chrome is now using a few different keyrings to store your Chrome Safe Storage password, instead of a hard-coded password. Pycookiecheat doesn’t work with most of these so far, and to be honest my enthusiasm for adding support for ones I don’t use is limited. However, users have contributed code that seems to work with some of the recent Ubuntu desktops. To get it working, you may have to sudo apt-get install libsecret-1-dev python-gi python3-gi, and if you’re installing into a virtualenv (highly recommended), you need to use the --system-site-packages flag to get access to the necessary libraries.

Alternatively, some users have suggested running Chrome with the --password-store=basic or --use-mock-keychain flags.

Development Setup

  1. git clone
  2. cd pycookiecheat
  3. python3 -m venv venv
  4. venv/bin/pip install -e .[dev]


from pycookiecheat import chrome_cookies
import requests

url = ''

# Uses Chrome's default cookies filepath by default
cookies = chrome_cookies(url)
r = requests.get(url, cookies=cookies)

Use the cookie_file keyword-argument to specify a different filepath for the cookies-file: chrome_cookies(url, cookie_file='/abspath/to/cookies')

Keep in mind that pycookiecheat defaults to looking for cookies for Chromium, not Google Chrome, so if you’re using the latter, you’ll need to manually specify something like "/home/username/.config/google-chrome/Default/Cookies" as your cookie_file.


  • Returns decrypted cookies from Google Chrome on OSX or Linux.

FAQ / Troubleshooting

How about Windows?

I don’t use Windows or have a PC, so I won’t be adding support myself. Feel free to make a PR :)

I get an installation error with the cryptography module on OS X

(pycookiecheat <v0.4.0)

If you’re getting this error and using Homebrew, then you need to follow the instructions for Building cryptography on OS X and export LDFLAGS="-L$(brew --prefix openssl)/lib" CFLAGS="-I$(brew --prefix openssl)/include" and try again.

I get an installation error with the cryptography module on Linux (pycookiecheat <v0.4.0)

Please check the official cryptography docs. On some systems (e.g. Ubuntu), you may need to do something like sudo apt-get install build-essential libssl-dev libffi-dev python-dev prior to installing with pip.

How do I install the dev branch with pip?

  • pip install git+


v0.4.0 :: 20170504

  • Remove compatibility for Python <3.5
  • Add type hints
  • Refactor for smaller functions
  • Expand docstrings
  • Revert from cryptography back to PyCrypto and hashlib for easier installation.

v0.3.4 :: 20170414



  • Fix domain and subdomain matching
  • Make SQL query more secure by avoiding string formatting
  • Many thanks to Brandon Rhodes for 24c4234 !


  • Read version to separate file so it can be imported in
  • Bugfix for python2 on linux


  • Bugfix for python2 on linux



  • Configurable cookies file (thanks ankostis)


  • OSError instead of Exception for wrong OS.
  • Moved testing requirements to tox and travis-ci files.


  • Updated to work better with PyPI’s lack of markdown support
  • Working on tox and travis-ci integration
  • Added a few basic tests that should pass if one has Chrome installed and has visited my site (
  • Added sys.exit(0) if cookie_file not found so tests pass on travis-ci.

0.1.0 (2015-02-25)

  • First release on PyPI.

Prior changelog from Gist

  • 20150221 v2.0.1: Now should find cookies for base domain and all subs.
  • 20140518 v2.0: Now works with Chrome’s new encrypted cookies.
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