Accessing Python Requests Without pip

Feb 3, 2024 ยท 2 min read

The Python Requests library is extremely useful for making HTTP requests in Python. However, if you don't have pip available to install packages, you can still access Requests by downloading the source code directly.

Downloading the Requests Source Code

The easiest way is to go to the Requests GitHub repository and click on the "Code" button to download the ZIP file containing the latest source code. Unzip this folder wherever you want to use Requests from.

Alternatively, if you have git installed, you can clone the repository:

git clone https://github.com/requests/requests.git

Using Requests Without Installation

To use Requests without pip installing, you need to access the module from the directory you downloaded/cloned it to. For example:

import sys
sys.path.append("/path/to/requests")
import requests

Then you can make requests as normal:

response = requests.get("http://www.example.com") 
print(response.text)

The key things to note are:

  • Append the Requests source code directory to the module path
  • Import requests and use it as normal
  • This works fine for scripts and Jupyter notebooks. For reusable modules, encapsulate the path appending and import code in a function/class.

    Considerations

    While this allows using Requests without pip, some things to keep in mind:

  • You need to manage updating to newer Requests versions yourself
  • Some Requests functionality may rely on other packages that would need downloading too
  • Overall, accessing Requests like this is very useful for situations where you can't install packages normally. But using pip is recommended if available.

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