curl python requests post

Curl Python Requests Post

As a developer, I have had to work with APIs many times. One of the most common tasks is to make a POST request to an API endpoint. In this post, I am going to talk about making a POST request using the Python requests library and how to do the same thing using cURL.

Python Requests Library

The Python requests library is a popular library for making HTTP requests in Python. It provides a simple and easy-to-use interface for making requests to APIs. Making a POST request using the requests library is quite simple. Here is an example:

import requests

url = ''
data = {'username': 'john.doe', 'password': 's3cr3t'}

response =, data=data)


In this code snippet, we are making a POST request to the URL with the data {'username': 'john.doe', 'password': 's3cr3t'}. The response object contains the HTTP status code and the JSON response from the server.


cURL is a command-line tool for making HTTP requests. It is available on most operating systems and can be used to test APIs or automate tasks. To make a POST request using cURL, we need to use the -X option to specify the HTTP method and the -d option to send data in the request body. Here is an example:

curl -X POST \
-H "Content-Type: application/json" \
-d '{"username":"john.doe","password":"s3cr3t"}' \

In this command, we are making a POST request to the URL with the data '{"username":"john.doe","password":"s3cr3t"}' and the Content-Type header set to application/json. The response from the server will be printed to the console.


Both Python requests library and cURL can be used to make POST requests to APIs. The Python requests library provides a simple and easy-to-use interface, while cURL is a powerful command-line tool that can be used for testing or automation. It's up to you to choose which tool to use based on your requirements and preferences.