How to handle Cookies in Requests

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by vigneshchennai74 dot icon Updated: Aug 31, 2023

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In web development, cookies play a vital role by storing small data on a user's computer. To maintain stateful information between HTTP requests, they use. Cookies allow web applications to remember user preferences and track user activity. In Python, the cookie module provides functionality for handling and manipulating cookies. 


HTTP cookies, the most used type, consist of cookie data stored as key-value pairs. The cookie module allows you to work with cookie values and secure cookies. You can use the Requests library to access and use cookies in Python. Using the requests module, you can send HTTP requests and handle response cookies. You can retrieve the response object. The response object allows you to access the cookies using its "cookies" attribute. This allows you to read and manipulate the cookie values as needed. 


You can delete cookies in Python using various methods. You can delete cookies by removing the specific cookie name from the cookie jar. The Cookie module provides more methods for deleting cookies. Such as using the "expires" attribute to control their lifespan. By deleting cookies, you can ensure that unnecessary information is not stored. 


With this option, you can choose how long to make the cookie valid and when to delete it. Cookies can watch user activity by storing information like login details. 


In conclusion, Python web development relies on cookies. Web applications enable the storage and retrieval of user-specific information. Learn how to create, access, and manage cookies to enhance your web applications. You can personalize user interactions, track activity, and create dynamic web experiences. 

Preview of the output that you will get on running this code from your IDE


`requests` is a popular Python library for making HTTP requests and handling responses with simplicity and flexibility.

  1. Download and install VS Code on your desktop.
  2. Open VS Code and create a new file in the editor.
  3. Copy the code snippet that you want to run, using the "Copy" button or by selecting the text and using the copy command (Ctrl+C on Windows/Linux or Cmd+C on Mac).,
  4. Paste the code into your file in VS Code, and save the file with a meaningful name and the appropriate file extension for Python use (.py).file extension.
  5. To run the code, open the file in VS Code and click the "Run" button in the top menu, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+N (on Windows and Linux) or Cmd+Alt+N (on Mac). The output of your code will appear in the VS Code output console.
  6. Paste the code into your file in VS Code.
  7. Save the file with a meaningful name and the appropriate file extension for Python use (.py).
  8. Install requests Library; Open your command prompt or terminal.
  9. Type the following command and press Enter: pip install requests
  10. Run the Code

I hope you have found this helpful. I have added the version information in the following section.

I found this code snippet by searching "Python requests not receiving response cookies "in Kandi. you can try any use case.

Environment Tested

I tested this solution in the following versions. Be mindful of changes when working with other versions.

  1. The solution is created and tested using Vscode 1.77.2 version
  2. The solution is created in Python 3.7.15 version
  3. The solution is created in request 2.31.0

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                      1. What is the Python Cookie module, and how do I use it? 

                      The Python Cookie module manages HTTP cookies. It allows you to create and retrieve cookie data within your Python scripts. 


                      2. How can I use Python requests to handle cookies in a web application? 

                      The requests library in Python handles HTTP requests, including cookie management. It provides convenient methods to send and receive cookies during web interactions. It enables you to maintain a session state and handle authentication. 


                      3. What are some of the basics of Python Programming that I should know before dealing with cookies? 

                      If you understand Python basics, you can work with and use cookies in your code. 


                      4. How do I set the cookie name when using Python requests? 

                      You can set the cookie name in Python requests by including it in the headers. For example, you can specify the cookie name by setting the "Cookie" header to the desired value. 


                      5. Are any developer tools available for debugging cookie issues in my code? 

                      During the development and debugging process, you can use Chrome developer tools. These tools allow you to inspect the cookies between the client and server. 

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