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treq is a Python library for making HTTP requests that provides a simple, convenient API for interacting with web services. It is inspired byt the popular requests library, but powered by Twisted asynchronous engine which allows promise based concurrency.

treq provides a simple, high-level API for making HTTP requests, including methods for GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, etc. It also allows for easy handling of JSON data, automatic decompression of gzipped responses, and connection pooling.

treq is a lightweight library and it's easy to use, it's a good choice for small to medium-sized projects where ease of use is more important than performance.

In web scraping treq isn't commonly used as it doesn't support HTTP2 but it's the only Twisted based HTTP client. treq is also based on callback/errback promises (like Scrapy) which can be easier to understand and maintain compared to asyncio's corountines.

Pure Ruby, framework and transport agnostic, implementation of HTTP/2 protocol and HPACK header compression with support for:

  • Binary framing parsing and encoding
  • Stream multiplexing and prioritization
  • Connection and stream flow control
  • Header compression and server push
  • Connection and stream management
  • And more... see API docs

Protocol specifications:

  • Hypertext Transfer Protocol Version 2 (RFC 7540)
  • HPACK: Header Compression for HTTP/2 (RFC 7541)



Example Use

from twisted.internet import reactor
from twisted.internet.task import react
from twisted.internet.defer import ensureDeferred
import treq

# treq can be used with twisted's reactor with callbacks
response_deferred = treq.get(
# or POST
response_deferred =
    json={"key": "value"},  # JSON
    data={"key": "value"},  # Form Data

# add callback or errback
def handle_response(response):
    response.text().addCallback(lambda body: print(body))
def handle_error(failure):
# this callback will be called when request completes:
# this errback will be called if request fails
# this will be called if request completes or fails:
response_deferred.addBoth(lambda _: reactor.stop())  # close twisted once finished

if __name__ == '__main__':

#Note that treq can also be used with async/await:
async def main():
    # content reads response data and get sends a get request:
    print(await treq.content(await treq.get("")))

if __name__ == '__main__':
    react(lambda reactor: ensureDeferred(main()))
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require 'http/2'

# GET request
client =
response = client.get("")
puts response.body

# POST reuqest
data = { name: "value" }
response ="", data)

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