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Understanding Requests Python Response Time

As a Python developer, I often use the Requests library to make HTTP requests from my code. One important aspect of this library is its response time, or how long it takes for the server to respond to a request. In this post, I will explain what affects response time and how to measure it using Requests.

Factors Affecting Response Time

Response time can be affected by several factors, including:

  • Server load: If the server is handling a lot of requests at once, it may take longer to respond to yours.
  • Network latency: The time it takes for data to travel between your computer and the server can also affect response time.
  • Size of the response: Larger responses will take longer to transfer than smaller ones.
  • Caching: If the server has cached the response, it can be served more quickly.

Measuring Response Time with Requests

Requests makes it easy to measure response time using the time module from Python's standard library. Here's an example:

import requests
import time

start_time = time.time()
response = requests.get('')
end_time = time.time()

response_time = end_time - start_time

print(f'Response time: {response_time} seconds')

This code sends a GET request to, measures the time it takes for the server to respond, and prints the response time in seconds.

Alternative Method: Timing with .elapsed

Another way to measure response time is to use the .elapsed attribute of the response object:

import requests

response = requests.get('')
response_time = response.elapsed.total_seconds()

print(f'Response time: {response_time} seconds')

This code sends the same GET request as before, but instead of using the time module, it accesses the .elapsed attribute of the response object to get the response time in seconds.


Measuring response time is an important part of optimizing web applications. By understanding the factors that affect response time and using tools like Requests to measure it, developers can identify bottlenecks and improve the performance of their applications.