Crate reqwest

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The reqwest crate provides a convenient, higher-level HTTP Client.

It handles many of the things that most people just expect an HTTP client to do for them.

The reqwest::Client is asynchronous. For applications wishing to only make a few HTTP requests, the reqwest::blocking API may be more convenient.

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§Making a GET request

For a single request, you can use the get shortcut method.

let body = reqwest::get("")

println!("body = {body:?}");

NOTE: If you plan to perform multiple requests, it is best to create a Client and reuse it, taking advantage of keep-alive connection pooling.

§Making POST requests (or setting request bodies)

There are several ways you can set the body of a request. The basic one is by using the body() method of a RequestBuilder. This lets you set the exact raw bytes of what the body should be. It accepts various types, including String and Vec<u8>. If you wish to pass a custom type, you can use the reqwest::Body constructors.

let client = reqwest::Client::new();
let res ="")
    .body("the exact body that is sent")


It’s very common to want to send form data in a request body. This can be done with any type that can be serialized into form data.

This can be an array of tuples, or a HashMap, or a custom type that implements Serialize.

// This will POST a body of `foo=bar&baz=quux`
let params = [("foo", "bar"), ("baz", "quux")];
let client = reqwest::Client::new();
let res ="")


There is also a json method helper on the RequestBuilder that works in a similar fashion the form method. It can take any value that can be serialized into JSON. The feature json is required.

// This will POST a body of `{"lang":"rust","body":"json"}`
let mut map = HashMap::new();
map.insert("lang", "rust");
map.insert("body", "json");

let client = reqwest::Client::new();
let res ="")

§Redirect Policies

By default, a Client will automatically handle HTTP redirects, having a maximum redirect chain of 10 hops. To customize this behavior, a redirect::Policy can be used with a ClientBuilder.


The automatic storing and sending of session cookies can be enabled with the cookie_store method on ClientBuilder.


NOTE: System proxies are enabled by default.

System proxies look in environment variables to set HTTP or HTTPS proxies.

HTTP_PROXY or http_proxy provide http proxies for http connections while HTTPS_PROXY or https_proxy provide HTTPS proxies for HTTPS connections.

These can be overwritten by adding a Proxy to ClientBuilder i.e. let proxy = reqwest::Proxy::http("https://secure.example")?; or disabled by calling ClientBuilder::no_proxy().

socks feature is required if you have configured socks proxy like this:

export https_proxy=socks5://


A Client will use transport layer security (TLS) by default to connect to HTTPS destinations.

  • Additional server certificates can be configured on a ClientBuilder with the Certificate type.
  • Client certificates can be added to a ClientBuilder with the Identity type.
  • Various parts of TLS can also be configured or even disabled on the ClientBuilder.

See more details in the tls module.


The Client implementation automatically switches to the WASM one when the target_arch is wasm32, the usage is basically the same as the async api. Some of the features are disabled in wasm : tls, cookie, blocking.

§Optional Features

The following are a list of Cargo features that can be enabled or disabled:

  • http2 (enabled by default): Enables HTTP/2 support.
  • default-tls (enabled by default): Provides TLS support to connect over HTTPS.
  • native-tls: Enables TLS functionality provided by native-tls.
  • native-tls-vendored: Enables the vendored feature of native-tls.
  • native-tls-alpn: Enables the alpn feature of native-tls.
  • rustls-tls: Enables TLS functionality provided by rustls. Equivalent to rustls-tls-webpki-roots.
  • rustls-tls-manual-roots: Enables TLS functionality provided by rustls, without setting any root certificates. Roots have to be specified manually.
  • rustls-tls-webpki-roots: Enables TLS functionality provided by rustls, while using root certificates from the webpki-roots crate.
  • rustls-tls-native-roots: Enables TLS functionality provided by rustls, while using root certificates from the rustls-native-certs crate.
  • blocking: Provides the blocking client API.
  • charset (enabled by default): Improved support for decoding text.
  • cookies: Provides cookie session support.
  • gzip: Provides response body gzip decompression.
  • brotli: Provides response body brotli decompression.
  • zstd: Provides response body zstd decompression.
  • deflate: Provides response body deflate decompression.
  • json: Provides serialization and deserialization for JSON bodies.
  • multipart: Provides functionality for multipart forms.
  • stream: Adds support for futures::Stream.
  • socks: Provides SOCKS5 proxy support.
  • hickory-dns: Enables a hickory-dns async resolver instead of default threadpool using getaddrinfo.

§Unstable Features

Some feature flags require additional opt-in by the application, by setting a reqwest_unstable flag.

  • http3 (unstable): Enables support for sending HTTP/3 requests.

These features are unstable, and experimental. Details about them may be changed in patch releases.

You can pass such a flag to the compiler via .cargo/config, or environment variables, such as:

RUSTFLAGS="--cfg reqwest_unstable" cargo build


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  • An asynchronous request body.
  • An asynchronous Client to make Requests with.
  • A ClientBuilder can be used to create a Client with custom configuration.
  • The Errors that may occur when processing a Request.
  • The Request Method (VERB)
  • A configuration for filtering out requests that shouldn’t be proxied
  • Configuration of a proxy that a Client should pass requests to.
  • A request which can be executed with Client::execute().
  • A builder to construct the properties of a Request.
  • A Response to a submitted Request.
  • An HTTP status code (status-code in RFC 7230 et al.).
  • An upgraded HTTP connection.
  • A parsed URL record.
  • Represents a version of the HTTP spec.



  • Shortcut method to quickly make a GET request.

Type Aliases§

  • A Result alias where the Err case is reqwest::Error.