Fix Python – Python, HTTPS GET with basic authentication


Asked By – Tom Squires

Im trying to do a HTTPS GET with basic authentication using python. Im very new to python and the guides seem to use diffrent librarys to do things. (http.client, httplib and urllib). Can anyone show me how its done? How can you tell the standard library to use?

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In Python 3 the following will work. I am using the lower level http.client from the standard library. Also check out section 2 of rfc2617 for details of basic authorization. This code won’t check the certificate is valid, but will set up a https connection. See the http.client docs on how to do that.

from http.client import HTTPSConnection
from base64 import b64encode

# Authorization token: we need to base 64 encode it 
# and then decode it to acsii as python 3 stores it as a byte string
def basic_auth(username, password):
    token = b64encode(f"{username}:{password}".encode('utf-8')).decode("ascii")
    return f'Basic {token}'

username = "user_name"
password = "password"

#This sets up the https connection
c = HTTPSConnection("")
#then connect
headers = { 'Authorization' : basic_auth(username, password) }
c.request('GET', '/', headers=headers)
#get the response back
res = c.getresponse()
# at this point you could check the status etc
# this gets the page text
data =  

This question is answered By – Andrew Cox

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