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HTTP Requests With Python's urllib.request (Overview)

If you need to perform HTTP requests using Python, then the widely used Requests library is often the way to go. However, if you prefer to use only standard-library Python and minimize dependencies, then you can turn to urllib.request instead.

In this video course, you’ll:

  • Learn the essentials of making basic HTTP requests with urllib.request
  • Explore the inner workings of an HTTP message and how urllib.request represents it
  • Grasp the concept of handling character encodings in HTTP messages
  • Understand common hiccups when using urllib.request and learn how to resolve them

If you’re already familiar with HTTP requests such as GET and POST, then you’re well prepared for this video course. Additionally, you should have prior experience using Python to read and write files, ideally using a context manager.

In the end, you’ll discover that making HTTP requests doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience, despite its reputation. Many of the challenges people face in this process stem from the inherent complexity of the Internet. The good news is that the urllib.request module can help demystify much of this complexity.


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