Install Requests 2.26.0

ActiveState has made it easy to install the latest version of Requests. Copy and paste the snippet below into your terminal to install a verified, built-from-source version of Requests from ActiveState's free repository. We've taken care of all the dependencies so you don't have to.

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Run the following command in your terminal

pip3 install --index-url requests==2.26.0

The --index-url parameter tells pip to install the package from ActiveState's repository.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Requests?

Requests is known as “http for human beings” since it is the de facto library for making HTTP requests in Python. It abstracts the complexities of making requests behind a simple API so that you can focus on interacting with services and consuming data in your application.

Which Python versions are compatible with Requests?

Requests is compatible with Python 2 (Python 2.7 and later), as well as Python 3 (Python 3.6 and later).

What dependencies does Requests have?

Requests has the following dependencies, which will be installed automatically when installing Requests.

  • certifi
  • charset-normalizer
  • idna
  • urllib3
How do you install Requests globally and in a virtual environment?
Installing Requests Globally

Copy (either ctrl+c or just click the “copy” button) and paste the snippet at the top of this page into your command line. As with all Python packages installed with Python’s default package manager, pip, Requests will be installed to %PYTHONHOME%/site-packages.

Installing Requests in a Virtual Environment

You can also work in a virtual environment to prevent conflicts. You can use pip to install a specific version of the Requests package into a virtual environment  for Python 3 projects with the following command:

python3 -m venv <path_to_env>

venv will create a virtual Python installation in the <env_name> folder.

Activate <env_name> with the following command:

On Linux

source <env_name>/bin/activate

On Windows

You can pip install Flask into your virtual environment with the following command:

python -m pip install requests

Where does Requests install to?

As with all Python packages installed with pip, requests will be installed to %PYTHONHOME%/site-packages. This will install requests globally. However, we always recommend installing into a virtual environment (like virtualenv).

Does Requests work on Windows, Linux and Mac?

Yes, requests will work Windows, Mac, and Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS, RHEL, etc.).

How is Requests commonly used?

Requests is a popular open source HTTP library that simplifies working with HTTP requests, supports basic authentication as well as SHA-256 and SHA-512 digest auth algorithms, and makes creating custom headers easy.

The requests Python library is available for both Python 2 and Python 3 from the Python Package Index (PyPI), and has the following features:

  • Allows you to send HTTP/1.1 PUT, DELETE, HEAD, GET and OPTIONS requests with ease. For example:

import requests

req = requests.request('GET', '')


# Output:

<Response [200]>

  • You can use it to send form-encoded data, similar to an HTML form.
  • Provides a demystified, readable API for humans. For example, this is how you make an HTTP POST request:

r ='', data = {'key':'value'})”

Prior to the availability of the requests library, it was necessary to manually add query strings to URLs, and form-encode PUT & POST data. Now you can use requests with the JSON method instead.

Read the docs.