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GET method – Python requests

  • Last Updated : 26 Feb, 2020

Requests library is one of the important aspects of Python for making HTTP requests to a specified URL. This article revolves around how one can make GET request to a specified URL using requests.GET() method. Before checking out GET method, let’s figure out what a GET request is –

GET Http Method

The GET method is used to retrieve information from the given server using a given URI. The GET method sends the encoded user information appended to the page request. The page and the encoded information are separated by the ‘?’ character.
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https://www.google.com/search?q=hello

How to make GET request through Python Requests

Python’s requests module provides in-built method called get() for making a GET request to a specified URI.



Syntax –

requests.get(url, params={key: value}, args)

Example –

Let’s try making a request to github’s APIs for example purposes.




import requests
   
# Making a GET request
r = requests.get('https://api.github.com / users / naveenkrnl')
  
# check status code for response received
# success code - 200
print(r)
  
# print content of request
print(r.content)

save this file as request.py and through terminal run,

python request.py

Output –
python-requests-get-method

Advantages of Using the GET Method

  • Since the data sent by the GET method are displayed in the URL, it is possible to bookmark the page with specific query string values.
  • GET requests can be cached and GET requests remain in the browser history.
  • GET requests can be bookmarked.

Disadvantages of Using the GET Method

  • The GET method is not suitable for passing sensitive information such as the username and password, because these are fully visible in the URL query string as well as potentially stored in the client browser’s memory as a visited page.
  • Because the GET method assigns data to a server environment variable, the length of the URL is limited. So, there is a limitation for the total data to be sent.
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