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Do one thing, and do it well.

The HTTP Core package provides a minimal low-level HTTP client, which does one thing only. Sending HTTP requests.

It does not provide any high level model abstractions over the API, does not handle redirects, multipart uploads, building authentication headers, transparent HTTP caching, URL parsing, session cookie handling, content or charset decoding, handling JSON, environment based configuration defaults, or any of that Jazz.

Some things HTTP Core does do:

  • Sending HTTP requests.
  • Thread-safe / task-safe connection pooling.
  • HTTP(S) proxy & SOCKS proxy support.
  • Supports HTTP/1.1 and HTTP/2.
  • Provides both sync and async interfaces.
  • Async backend support for asyncio and trio.


Python 3.7+


For HTTP/1.1 only support, install with:

$ pip install httpcore

For HTTP/1.1 and HTTP/2 support, install with:

$ pip install httpcore[http2]

For SOCKS proxy support, install with:

$ pip install httpcore[socks]


Let's check we're able to send HTTP requests:

import httpcore

response = httpcore.request("GET", "")

# <Response [200]>
# 200
# [(b'Accept-Ranges', b'bytes'), (b'Age', b'557328'), (b'Cache-Control', b'max-age=604800'), ...]
# b'<!doctype html>\n<html>\n<head>\n<title>Example Domain</title>\n\n<meta charset="utf-8"/>\n ...'

Ready to get going?

Head over to the quickstart documentation.