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requests-cache is a transparent, persistent HTTP cache for the python requests library. It’s a convenient tool to use with web scraping, consuming REST APIs, slow or rate-limited sites, or any other scenario in which you’re making lots of requests that are expensive and/or likely to be sent more than once.



First, install with pip:

pip install requests-cache

Next, use requests_cache.CachedSession to send and cache requests. To quickly demonstrate how to use it:

This takes ~1 minute:

import requests

session = requests.Session()
for i in range(60):

This takes ~1 second:

import requests_cache

session = requests_cache.CachedSession('demo_cache')
for i in range(60):

The URL in this example adds a delay of 1 second, simulating a slow or rate-limited website. With caching, the response will be fetched once, saved to demo_cache.sqlite, and subsequent requests will return the cached response near-instantly.

If you don’t want to manage a session object, requests-cache can also be installed globally:


Next Steps

To find out more about what you can do with requests-cache, see: