Troubleshooting Aiohttp Connecting to the Wrong Host

Mar 3, 2024 ยท 2 min read

When using the aiohttp library in Python, you may occasionally see errors where aiohttp attempts to connect to the wrong host. For example, you request but aiohttp connects to a different IP address.

This can be frustrating, but there are a few things you can try to resolve it:

Check your DNS configuration

One common cause is that you have an incorrect DNS configuration that is returning the wrong IP address for the domain name.

Try manually doing a DNS lookup from the command line using nslookup or dig to see what IP address is being returned for your domain. If it's incorrect, you'll need to fix your DNS setup.

Specify the host explicitly

When creating the aiohttp ClientSession, specify the host parameter explicitly:

async with aiohttp.ClientSession(host='') as session:
    # requests will now use the right host

This overrides aiohttp's normal host resolution and forces it to use the host you provide.

Use IP addresses instead of hostnames

Instead of using the domain name, switch to directly using the IP address, like This rules out any DNS issues.

Of course the downside is that IP addresses may change, but it can help narrow down the problem.

Add server name indication (SNI)

For HTTPS connections, check that your aiohttp version has SNI enabled for the HTTPS requests. Older versions did not support SNI which can cause issues.

Upgrading to the latest aiohttp version can help resolve this.

With a bit of tweaking and troubleshooting of your DNS and connection settings, you should be able to resolve issues where aiohttp is connecting to the wrong host.

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