Python Requests package: Handling xml response

Python Requests package: Handling xml response

requests does not handle parsing XML responses, no. XML responses are much more complex in nature than JSON responses, how youd serialize XML data into Python structures is not nearly as straightforward.

Python comes with built-in XML parsers. I recommend you use the ElementTree API:

import requests
from xml.etree import ElementTree

response = requests.get(url)

tree = ElementTree.fromstring(response.content)

or, if the response is particularly large, use an incremental approach:

response = requests.get(url, stream=True)

# if the server sent a Gzip or Deflate compressed response, decompress
# as we read the raw stream:
response.raw.decode_content = True

events = ElementTree.iterparse(response.raw)

for event, elem in events:
    # do something with `elem`

The external lxml project builds on the same API to give you more features and power still.

A much simpler way is to convert the XML into a dict using the xmltodict package

response = requests.get(
dict_data = xmltodict.parse(response.content)

Now, dict_data its just a Python dictionary.

You can install it with pip: pip install xmltodict

Python Requests package: Handling xml response

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