requests-cache is a persistent HTTP cache that provides an easy way to get better performance with the python requests library.
Complete project documentation can be found at requests-cache.readthedocs.io.
requestslibrary you're already familiar with. Add caching with a drop-in replacement for
requests.Session, or install globally to add transparent caching to all
First, install with pip:
pip install requests-cache
To illustrate, we'll call an endpoint that adds a delay of 1 second, simulating a slow or rate-limited website.
This takes 1 minute:
import requests session = requests.Session() for i in range(60): session.get('https://httpbin.org/delay/1')
This takes 1 second:
import requests_cache session = requests_cache.CachedSession('demo_cache') for i in range(60): session.get('https://httpbin.org/delay/1')
With caching, the response will be fetched once, saved to
demo_cache.sqlite, and subsequent
requests will return the cached response near-instantly.
Patching: If you don't want to manage a session object, or just want to quickly test it out in your application without modifying any code, requests-cache can also be installed globally, and all requests will be transparently cached:
import requests import requests_cache requests_cache.install_cache('demo_cache') requests.get('https://httpbin.org/delay/1')
Settings: The default settings work well for most use cases, but there are plenty of ways to customize caching behavior when needed. Here is a quick example of some of the options available:
from datetime import timedelta from requests_cache import CachedSession session = CachedSession( 'demo_cache', use_cache_dir=True, # Save files in the default user cache dir cache_control=True, # Use Cache-Control response headers for expiration, if available expire_after=timedelta(days=1), # Otherwise expire responses after one day allowable_codes=[200, 400], # Cache 400 responses as a solemn reminder of your failures allowable_methods=['GET', 'POST'], # Cache whatever HTTP methods you want ignored_parameters=['api_key'], # Don't match this request param, and redact if from the cache match_headers=['Accept-Language'], # Cache a different response per language stale_if_error=True, # In case of request errors, use stale cache data if possible )
To find out more about what you can do with requests-cache, see: