What is the quickest way to HTTP GET in Python?


What is the quickest way to HTTP GET in Python if I know the content will be a string? I am searching the documentation for a quick one-liner like:

contents = url.get("http://example.com/foo/bar")

But all I can find using Google are httplib and urllib - and I am unable to find a shortcut in those libraries.

Does standard Python 2.5 have a shortcut in some form as above, or should I write a function url_get?

  1. I would prefer not to capture the output of shelling out to wget or curl.
10/23/2018 4:55:51 PM

Accepted Answer

Python 3:

import urllib.request
contents = urllib.request.urlopen("http://example.com/foo/bar").read()

Python 2:

import urllib2
contents = urllib2.urlopen("http://example.com/foo/bar").read()

Documentation for urllib.request and read.

5/17/2019 6:13:15 AM

You could use a library called requests.

import requests
r = requests.get("http://example.com/foo/bar")

This is quite easy. Then you can do like this:

>>> print(r.status_code)
>>> print(r.headers)
>>> print(r.content)

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