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HTTPX - A next-generation HTTP client for Python.

Test Suite Package version

HTTPX is a fully featured HTTP client for Python 3, which provides sync and async APIs, and support for both HTTP/1.1 and HTTP/2.

Note: HTTPX should be considered in beta. We believe we've got the public API to a stable point now, but would strongly recommend pinning your dependencies to the

release, so that you're able to properly review API changes between package updates. A 1.0 release is expected to be issued sometime in late 2020.

Let's get started...

>>> import httpx
>>> r = httpx.get('')
>>> r

>>> r.status_code
>>> r.headers['content-type']
'text/html; charset=UTF-8'
>>> r.text
'\n\n\nExample Domain...'

Or, using the async API...

Use IPython or Python 3.8+ with

python -m asyncio
to try this code interactively.

>>> import httpx
>>> async with httpx.AsyncClient() as client:
>>>     r = await client.get('')
>>> r


HTTPX builds on the well-established usability of

, and gives you:

Plus all the standard features of

  • International Domains and URLs
  • Keep-Alive & Connection Pooling
  • Sessions with Cookie Persistence
  • Browser-style SSL Verification
  • Basic/Digest Authentication
  • Elegant Key/Value Cookies
  • Automatic Decompression
  • Automatic Content Decoding
  • Unicode Response Bodies
  • Multipart File Uploads
  • HTTP(S) Proxy Support
  • Connection Timeouts
  • Streaming Downloads
  • .netrc Support
  • Chunked Requests


Install with pip:

$ pip install httpx

Or, to include the optional HTTP/2 support, use:

$ pip install httpx[http2]

HTTPX requires Python 3.6+.


Project documentation is available at

For a run-through of all the basics, head over to the QuickStart.

For more advanced topics, see the Advanced Usage section, the async support section, or the HTTP/2 section.

The Developer Interface provides a comprehensive API reference.

To find out about tools that integrate with HTTPX, see Third Party Packages.


If you want to contribute with HTTPX check out the Contributing Guide to learn how to start.


The HTTPX project relies on these excellent libraries:

  • httpcore
    - The underlying transport implementation for
    • h11
      - HTTP/1.1 support.
    • h2
      - HTTP/2 support. (Optional)
  • certifi
    - SSL certificates.
  • rfc3986
    - URL parsing & normalization.
    • idna
      - Internationalized domain name support.
  • sniffio
    - Async library autodetection.
  • brotlipy
    - Decoding for "brotli" compressed responses. (Optional)

A huge amount of credit is due to

for the API layout that much of this work follows, as well as to
for plenty of design inspiration around the lower-level networking details.

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HTTPX is BSD licensed code. Designed & built in Brighton, England.

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