python requests cookie jar

Python Requests is a widely used library for making HTTP requests. It provides a simple and easy-to-use interface for sending HTTP requests and handling responses. One of the important features of Requests is the ability to manage cookies.

A Cookie Jar is a data structure that stores cookies in memory. It is used to keep track of cookies received from the server and send them back in subsequent requests. Requests uses a Cookie Jar to store and manage cookies.

To use a Cookie Jar with Requests, you need to create an instance of the CookieJar class from the requests library:

import requests

cookie_jar = requests.cookies.CookieJar()

The CookieJar instance can be used to store cookies received from the server:

response = requests.get('')


You can also manually add cookies to the CookieJar:

cookie = requests.cookies.create_cookie(domain='', name='session', value='abc123')


To send cookies in subsequent requests, simply pass the CookieJar instance to requests:

response = requests.get('', cookies=cookie_jar)

Alternative Methods

There are other ways to handle cookies in Requests:

  • Sessions: Sessions are used to persist data across multiple requests. They automatically manage cookies for you. To use a session with Requests:
session = requests.Session()

response = session.get('')

# Cookies are automatically managed by the session
  • CookieDict: A simple dictionary-like object that stores cookies. To use a CookieDict:
cookies = requests.cookies.CookieDict()

cookies['session'] = 'abc123'

response = requests.get('', cookies=cookies)

These alternative methods may be more suitable depending on your use case.