python requests jwt

Python Requests JWT

Python Requests is a popular library used to send HTTP requests. JWT stands for JSON Web Token, which is a way of securely transmitting information between parties as a JSON object. In this blog post, I will explain how to use Python Requests to send JWT requests.

Install Required Libraries

To send JWT requests using Python Requests, you need to have two libraries installed: requests and PyJWT. PyJWT is used to encode and decode JSON web tokens. To install these libraries, you can use pip, the Python package manager. Open your terminal and type the following command:

pip install requests PyJWT

Send a JWT Request

After installing the required libraries, you can now send a JWT request using Python Requests. To do this, you need to first create a header that includes the JWT token. The header should look like this:

import jwt
import requests

jwt_token = jwt.encode({'user_id': '1234'}, 'secret', algorithm='HS256')
headers = {'Authorization': 'Bearer ' + jwt_token.decode('utf-8')}

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


In the example above, we first import the PyJWT and requests libraries. We then encode a JSON web token with the user_id of 1234 and a secret key using the HS256 algorithm. We create a header with the authorization bearer and the JWT token. Finally, we send a GET request to with the created header and print the response in JSON format.

Alternative Ways to Send a JWT Request

There are other ways to send JWT requests using Python Requests. For example, you can use the Requests-OAuthlib library to send OAuth2 requests that include a JWT token. This method is useful when you need to access APIs that require OAuth2 authentication. Below is an example of sending a JWT request using Requests-OAuthlib:

from oauthlib.oauth2 import BackendApplicationClient
from requests_oauthlib import OAuth2Session

jwt_token = jwt.encode({'user_id': '1234'}, 'secret', algorithm='HS256')

client = BackendApplicationClient(client_id='client_id')
oauth = OAuth2Session(client=client)
oauth.headers.update({'Authorization': 'Bearer ' + jwt_token.decode('utf-8')})

response = oauth.get('')


In the example above, we use the Requests-OAuthlib library to create an OAuth2 session with a BackendApplicationClient. We update the session header with the bearer JWT token and send a GET request to


Python Requests is a powerful library that can be used to send HTTP requests. With the addition of PyJWT and Requests-OAuthlib, you can easily send JWT requests to APIs that require authentication. In this blog post, we have shown how to send JWT requests using Python Requests and alternative methods.