What library to use when making HTTP requests in a plugin

Without a doubt, some plugins you work on or build will make HTTP requests. If you’re looking to use urllib I strongly suggest you look at requests! Talk about making HTTP requests easy! readthedocs has everything you need https://requests.readthedocs.io/en/master/


Definitely a good call out! Makes getting started with the python plugin that much easier especially when interacting with REST endpoints and using the built-in JSON decoder that comes with the library.

Can’t get much simpler than the example below for getting started. Just make sure to remember to import requests:

def run(params={}):
    import requests
    response = requests.get('https://us.api.insight.rapid7.com/opendata/quota/', headers={"X-Api-Key":"<YOUR API KEY>"})
    data = response.json()
    return { 
        "quota_left": data["quota_left"],
        "quota_allowed": data["quota_allowed"],
        "quota_used": data["quota_used"]
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