asks - The Response Object

A plain ol’ response object, Response is returned from every request.

It has some attribs/properties to access the response content. Nothing too voodoo.


By default the Response object uses utf-8.

The response object will try to glean encoding from the response headers if available, before it’s returned.

You can override the response-set or default encoding with either a built-in encoding or one you’ve registered locally with your codecs module by accessing the response’s .encoding attribute.

async def main():
    r = asks.get('')
    r.encoding = 'latin-1'

Status Line

The three parts of the status line, are the HTTP-Version, Status-Code and Reason-Phrase. They can be accessed as attributes of the response object like so:

async def main():
    r = asks.get('')

    r.http_version  # -> '1.1'
    r.status_code   # -> 200
    r.reason_phrase # -> 'OK'


The headers are available as a dict through Response.headers

async def main():
    r = asks.get('')

# Results in:
# {'Content-Encoding': 'gzip', 'Accept-Ranges': 'bytes', ...


If the response body is valid JSON you can load it as a python dict by calling the response object’s .json() method.

If the response was compressed, it will be decompressed.

async def main():
    r = asks.get('')
    j = r.json()

# Results in
# {'args': {}, 'headers': {'Accept': '*/*', 'Accept-Encoding', ...

View Body (text decoded, content, raw)

Generally the way to see the body as it was intended is to use the .content property. This will return the content as is, after decompression if there was any.

For something slightly more human readable, you may want to try the .text property. This will attempt to decompress (if needed) and decode the content (with .encoding). This for example, makes html and json etc. quite readable in your shell.

To view the body exactly as it was sent, just use the .body attribute. Note that this may be compressed madness, so don’t worry if you can’t read it with your poor wee eyes.

async def main():
        r = asks.get('')


If the request was made with stream=True, the .body attribute will be an iterable from which you can stream data.


Each response object will keep a list of any cookies set during the response, acessible by the .cookies attribute. Each cookie is a Cookie object. They are pretty basic. Here’s a list of attributes:

  • .name
  • .value
  • .domain
  • .path
  • .secure
  • .expires
  • .comment
  • .host

There may be more values set by the response.

Response History

If any redirects or 401-requiring auth attempts were handled during the request, the response objects for those requests will be stored in the final response object’s .history attribute in a list. Any response objects found in there are exactly like your main response object, and have all of the above methods, properties, and attributes.

async def main():
        r = asks.get('')

    # Results in:
    # [<Response 302 at 0xb6a807cc>, <Response 302 at 0xb...
    # 302