python requests status code

Python Requests Status Code

If you are working with Python and trying to make HTTP requests, you will likely come across the status code. The status code is a three-digit number that is returned by the server in response to a request. It indicates the status of the request, whether it was successful or not, and what action you should take next.

Using Python Requests

Python Requests is a popular library for making HTTP requests in Python. It provides an easy-to-use interface for sending HTTP requests and handling responses. When you make a request using Requests, the library will automatically handle the status code returned by the server.

import requests

response = requests.get('')


In the above example, we are making a GET request to the website using Requests. The status code returned by the server is stored in the status_code attribute of the Response object.

Interpreting Status Codes

HTTP status codes are grouped into five categories, based on their first digit:

  • 1xx (Informational): The request was received, and the server is continuing to process it.
  • 2xx (Successful): The request was successful, and the server has delivered the requested content.
  • 3xx (Redirection): The request needs further action to be completed, such as following a redirect.
  • 4xx (Client Error): The request contains bad syntax or cannot be fulfilled by the server.
  • 5xx (Server Error): The server failed to fulfill a valid request.

For example, a status code of 200 means the request was successful, while a code of 404 means the requested resource was not found.

Handling Errors with Requests

If the server returns a status code that indicates an error, such as 404 or 500, Requests will raise an exception. You can catch this exception and handle it appropriately.

import requests

    response = requests.get('')
except requests.exceptions.HTTPError as err:

In the above example, we are trying to make a GET request to a non-existent page on the website. Requests will raise an HTTPError exception with a message indicating the problem.