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n8henrie / pycookiecheat

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

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

  • Free software: MIT
  • Documentation:


NB: Use

instead of
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
flag to get access to the necessary libraries.

Alternatively, some users have suggested running Chrome with the


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

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

as your


  • Returns decrypted cookies from Google Chrome on OSX or Linux.
  • Optionally outputs cookies to file (thanks to Muntashir Al-Islam!)

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
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
and try again.

I get an installation error with the
module on Linux

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

How can I use pycookiecheat on KDE-based Linux distros?

On KDE, Chrome defaults to using KDE's own keyring, KWallet. For pycookiecheat to support KWallet the

package must be installed.

How do I install the dev branch with pip?

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