# urllib – How to urlencode a querystring in Python?

## The Question :

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I am trying to urlencode this string before I submit.

queryString = 'eventName=' + evt.fields["eventName"] + '&amp;' + 'eventDescription=' + evt.fields["eventDescription"];



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You need to pass your parameters into urlencode() as either a mapping (dict), or a sequence of 2-tuples, like:

>>> import urllib
>>> f = { 'eventName' : 'myEvent', 'eventDescription' : 'cool event'}
>>> urllib.urlencode(f)
'eventName=myEvent&amp;eventDescription=cool+event'



Python 3 or above

Use:

>>> urllib.parse.urlencode(f)
eventName=myEvent&amp;eventDescription=cool+event



Note that this does not do url encoding in the commonly used sense (look at the output). For that use urllib.parse.quote_plus.

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# Python 2

What you’re looking for is urllib.quote_plus:

>>> urllib.quote_plus('string_of_characters_like_these:$#@=?%^Q^$')
'string_of_characters_like_these%3A%24%23%40%3D%3F%25%5EQ%5E%24'



# Python 3

In Python 3, the urllib package has been broken into smaller components. You’ll use urllib.parse.quote_plus (note the parse child module)

import urllib.parse
urllib.parse.quote_plus(...)



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Try requests instead of urllib and you don’t need to bother with urlencode!

import requests



EDIT:

If you need ordered name-value pairs or multiple values for a name then set params like so:

params=[('name1','value11'), ('name1','value12'), ('name2','value21'), ...]



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### Context

• Python (version 2.7.2 )

### Problem

• You want to generate a urlencoded query string.
• You have a dictionary or object containing the name-value pairs.
• You want to be able to control the output ordering of the name-value pairs.

### Solution

• urllib.urlencode
• urllib.quote_plus

### Pitfalls

• dictionary output arbitrary ordering of name-value pairs
• handling cases when you DO NOT care about the ordering of the name-value pairs
• handling cases when you DO care about the ordering of the name-value pairs
• handling cases where a single name needs to appear more than once in the set of all name-value pairs

### Example

The following is a complete solution, including how to deal with some pitfalls.

### ********************
## init python (version 2.7.2 )
import urllib

### ********************
## first setup a dictionary of name-value pairs
dict_name_value_pairs = {
"bravo"   : "True != False",
"alpha"   : "http://www.example.com",
"charlie" : "hello world",
"delta"   : "1234567 !@#\$%^&amp;*",
"echo"    : "user@example.com",
}

### ********************
## setup an exact ordering for the name-value pairs
ary_ordered_names = []
ary_ordered_names.append('alpha')
ary_ordered_names.append('bravo')
ary_ordered_names.append('charlie')
ary_ordered_names.append('delta')
ary_ordered_names.append('echo')

### ********************
## show the output results
if('NO we DO NOT care about the ordering of name-value pairs'):
queryString  = urllib.urlencode(dict_name_value_pairs)
print queryString
"""
echo=user%40example.com&amp;bravo=True+%21%3D+False&amp;delta=1234567+%21%40%23%24%25%5E%26%2A&amp;charlie=hello+world&amp;alpha=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.example.com
"""

if('YES we DO care about the ordering of name-value pairs'):
queryString  = "&amp;".join( [ item+'='+urllib.quote_plus(dict_name_value_pairs[item]) for item in ary_ordered_names ] )
print queryString
"""
alpha=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.example.com&amp;bravo=True+%21%3D+False&amp;charlie=hello+world&amp;delta=1234567+%21%40%23%24%25%5E%26%2A&amp;echo=user%40example.com
"""



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Try this:

urllib.pathname2url(stringToURLEncode)



urlencode won’t work because it only works on dictionaries. quote_plus didn’t produce the correct output.

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Note that the urllib.urlencode does not always do the trick. The problem is that some services care about the order of arguments, which gets lost when you create the dictionary. For such cases, urllib.quote_plus is better, as Ricky suggested.

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In Python 3, this worked with me

import urllib

urllib.parse.quote(query)



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for future references (ex: for python3)

>>> import urllib.request as req
>>> query = 'eventName=theEvent&amp;eventDescription=testDesc'
>>> req.pathname2url(query)
>>> 'eventName%3DtheEvent%26eventDescription%3DtestDesc'



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For use in scripts/programs which need to support both python 2 and 3, the six module provides quote and urlencode functions:

>>> from six.moves.urllib.parse import urlencode, quote
>>> data = {'some': 'query', 'for': 'encoding'}
>>> urlencode(data)
'some=query&amp;for=encoding'
>>> url = '/some/url/with spaces and %;!<>&amp;'
>>> quote(url)
'/some/url/with%20spaces%20and%20%25%3B%21%3C%3E%26'



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### If the urllib.parse.urlencode( ) is giving you errors , then Try the urllib3 module .

The syntax is as follows :

import urllib3
urllib3.request.urlencode({"user" : "john" })



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Another thing that might not have been mentioned already is that urllib.urlencode() will encode empty values in the dictionary as the string None instead of having that parameter as absent. I don’t know if this is typically desired or not, but does not fit my use case, hence I have to use quote_plus.

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For Python 3 urllib3 works properly, you can use as follow as per its official docs :

import urllib3

http = urllib3.PoolManager()
response = http.request(
'GET',
'https://api.prylabs.net/eth/v1alpha1/beacon/attestations',
fields={  # here fields are the query params
'epoch': 1234,
'pageSize': pageSize
}
)
response = attestations.data.decode('UTF-8')