ssl – Python Requests throwing SSLError

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I’m working on a simple script that involves CAS, jspring security check, redirection, etc. I would like to use Kenneth Reitz’s python requests because it’s a great piece of work! However, CAS requires getting validated via SSL so I have to get past that step first. I don’t know what Python requests is wanting? Where is this SSL certificate supposed to reside?

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "./", line 24, in <module>
  response = requests.get(url1, headers=headers)
  File "build/bdist.linux-x86_64/egg/requests/", line 52, in get
  File "build/bdist.linux-x86_64/egg/requests/", line 40, in request
  File "build/bdist.linux-x86_64/egg/requests/", line 209, in request 
  File "build/bdist.linux-x86_64/egg/requests/", line 624, in send
  File "build/bdist.linux-x86_64/egg/requests/", line 300, in _build_response
  File "build/bdist.linux-x86_64/egg/requests/", line 611, in send
requests.exceptions.SSLError: [Errno 1] _ssl.c:503: error:14090086:SSL routines:SSL3_GET_SERVER_CERTIFICATE:certificate verify failed

The Question Comments :
  • Can you share more of the code info? Seems like there is a missing step.
  • You should always mention versions of software you need help with.
  • I got this problem where i use python 3.5 tornado 4.4. HTTPRequest set the validate_cert=True, so you can set it False to deal it
  • Try this: requests.get(‘‘, verify=certifi.where())

The Answer 1

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The problem you are having is caused by an untrusted SSL certificate.

Like @dirk mentioned in a previous comment, the quickest fix is setting verify=False:

requests.get('', verify=False)

Please note that this will cause the certificate not to be verified. This will expose your application to security risks, such as man-in-the-middle attacks.

Of course, apply judgment. As mentioned in the comments, this may be acceptable for quick/throwaway applications/scripts, but really should not go to production software.

If just skipping the certificate check is not acceptable in your particular context, consider the following options, your best option is to set the verify parameter to a string that is the path of the .pem file of the certificate (which you should obtain by some sort of secure means).

So, as of version 2.0, the verify parameter accepts the following values, with their respective semantics:

  • True: causes the certificate to validated against the library’s own trusted certificate authorities (Note: you can see which Root Certificates Requests uses via the Certifi library, a trust database of RCs extracted from Requests: Certifi – Trust Database for Humans).
  • False: bypasses certificate validation completely.
  • Path to a CA_BUNDLE file for Requests to use to validate the certificates.

Source: Requests – SSL Cert Verification

Also take a look at the cert parameter on the same link.

The Answer 2

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From requests documentation on SSL verification:

Requests can verify SSL certificates for HTTPS requests, just like a web browser. To check a host’s SSL certificate, you can use the verify argument:

>>> requests.get('', verify=True)

If you don’t want to verify your SSL certificate, make verify=False

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The name of CA file to use you could pass via verify:

cafile = 'cacert.pem' #
r = requests.get(url, verify=cafile)

If you use verify=True then requests uses its own CA set that might not have CA that signed your server certificate.

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$ pip install -U requests[security]

  • Tested on Python 2.7.6 @ Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS
  • Tested on Python 2.7.5 @ MacOSX 10.9.5 (Mavericks)

When this question was opened (2012-05) the Requests version was 0.13.1. On version 2.4.1 (2014-09) the “security” extras were introduced, using certifi package if available.

Right now (2016-09) the main version is 2.11.1, that works good without verify=False. No need to use requests.get(url, verify=False), if installed with requests[security] extras.

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I encountered the same issue and ssl certificate verify failed issue when using aws boto3, by review boto3 code, I found the REQUESTS_CA_BUNDLE is not set, so I fixed the both issue by setting it manually:

from boto3.session import Session
import os

# debian
os.environ['REQUESTS_CA_BUNDLE'] = os.path.join(
# centos
#   'ca-bundle.crt')

For aws-cli, I guess setting REQUESTS_CA_BUNDLE in ~/.bashrc will fix this issue (not tested because my aws-cli works without it).

REQUESTS_CA_BUNDLE=/etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt # ca-bundle.crt

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In case you have a library that relies on requests and you cannot modify the verify path (like with pyvmomi) then you’ll have to find the cacert.pem bundled with requests and append your CA there. Here’s a generic approach to find the cacert.pem location:


C:\>python -c "import requests; print requests.certs.where()"


#  (py2.7.5,requests 2.7.0, verify not enforced)
root@host:~/# python -c "import requests; print requests.certs.where()"

#  (py2.7.10, verify enforced)
root@host:~/# python -c "import requests; print requests.certs.where()"

btw. @requests-devs, bundling your own cacerts with request is really, really annoying… especially the fact that you do not seem to use the system ca store first and this is not documented anywhere.


in situations, where you’re using a library and have no control over the ca-bundle location you could also explicitly set the ca-bundle location to be your host-wide ca-bundle:

REQUESTS_CA_BUNDLE=/etc/ssl/certs/ca-bundle.crt python -c "import requests; requests.get('';)"

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I face the same problem using gspread and these commands works for me:

sudo pip uninstall -y certifi
sudo pip install certifi==2015.04.28

The Answer 8

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If you want to remove the warnings, use the code below.

import urllib3


and verify=False with request.get or post method

The Answer 9

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I have found an specific approach for solving a similar issue. The idea is pointing the cacert file stored at the system and used by another ssl based applications.

In Debian (I’m not sure if same in other distributions) the certificate files (.pem) are stored at /etc/ssl/certs/ So, this is the code that work for me:

import requests
response = requests.get('', verify=verify)

For guessing what pem file choose, I have browse to the url and check which Certificate Authority (CA) has generated the certificate.

EDIT: if you cannot edit the code (because you are running a third app) you can try to add the pem certificate directly into /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/requests/cacert.pem (e.g. copying it to the end of the file).

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If you don’t bother about certificate just use verify=False.

import requests

url = "Write your url here"

returnResponse = requests.get(url, verify=False)

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After hours of debugging I could only get this to work using the following packages:

requests[security]==2.7.0  # not 2.18.1
cryptography==1.9  # not 2.0

using OpenSSL 1.0.2g 1 Mar 2016

Without these packages verify=False was not working.

I hope this helps someone.

The Answer 12

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I ran into the same issue. Turns out I hadn’t installed the intermediate certificate on my server (just append it to the bottom of your certificate as seen below).

Make sure you have the ca-certificates package installed:

sudo apt-get install ca-certificates

Updating the time may also resolve this:

sudo apt-get install ntpdate
sudo ntpdate -u

If you’re using a self-signed certificate, you’ll probably have to add it to your system manually.

The Answer 13

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If the request calls are buried somewhere deep in the code and you do not want to install the server certificate, then, just for debug purposes only, it’s possible to monkeypatch requests:

import requests.api
import warnings

def requestspatch(method, url, **kwargs):
    kwargs['verify'] = False
    return _origcall(method, url, **kwargs)

_origcall = requests.api.request
requests.api.request = requestspatch
warnings.warn('Patched requests: SSL verification disabled!')

Never use in production!

The Answer 14

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Too late to the party I guess but I wanted to paste the fix for fellow wanderers like myself! So the following worked out for me on Python 3.7.x

Type the following in your terminal

pip install --upgrade certifi      # hold your breath..

Try running your script/requests again and see if it works (I’m sure it won’t be fixed yet!). If it didn’t work then try running the following command in the terminal directly

open /Applications/Python\ 3.6/Install\ Certificates.command  # please replace 3.6 here with your suitable python version

The Answer 15

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I fought this problem for HOURS.

I tried to update requests. Then I updated certifi. I pointed verify to certifi.where() (The code does this by default anyways). Nothing worked.

Finally I updated my version of python to python 2.7.11. I was on Python 2.7.5 which had some incompatibilities with the way that the certificates are verified. Once I updated Python (and a handful of other dependencies) it started working.

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This is similar to @rafael-almeida ‘s answer, but I want to point out that as of requests 2.11+, there are not 3 values that verify can take, there are actually 4:

  • True: validates against requests’s internal trusted CAs.
  • False: bypasses certificate validation completely. (Not recommended)
  • Path to a CA_BUNDLE file. requests will use this to validate the server’s certificates.
  • Path to a directory containing public certificate files. requests will use this to validate the server’s certificates.

The rest of my answer is about #4, how to use a directory containing certificates to validate:

Obtain the public certificates needed and place them in a directory.

Strictly speaking, you probably “should” use an out-of-band method of obtaining the certificates, but you could also just download them using any browser.

If the server uses a certificate chain, be sure to obtain every single certificate in the chain.

According to the requests documentation, the directory containing the certificates must first be processed with the “rehash” utility (openssl rehash).

(This requires openssl 1.1.1+, and not all Windows openssl implementations support rehash. If openssl rehash won’t work for you, you could try running the rehash ruby script at , though I haven’t tried this. )

I had some trouble with getting requests to recognize my certificates, but after I used the openssl x509 -outform PEM command to convert the certs to Base64 .pem format, everything worked perfectly.

You can also just do lazy rehashing:

    # As long as the certificates in the certs directory are in the OS's certificate store, `verify=True` is fine.
    return requests.get(url, auth=auth, verify=True)
except requests.exceptions.SSLError:"openssl rehash -compat -v my_certs_dir", shell=True, check=True)
    return requests.get(url, auth=auth, verify="my_certs_dir")

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There is currently an issue in the requests module causing this error, present in v2.6.2 to v2.12.4 (ATOW):

Workaround for this issue is adding the following line: requests.packages.urllib3.util.ssl_.DEFAULT_CIPHERS = 'ECDH+AESGCM:DH+AESGCM:ECDH+AES256:DH+AES256:ECDH+AES128:DH+AES:ECDH+3DES:DH+3DES:RSA+AESGCM:RSA+AES:RSA+3DES:!aNULL:!MD5:!DSS'

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As pointed out by others, this problem “is caused by an untrusted SSL certificate”. My answer is based on the top-rated answer and this answer.

You can test the certificate using curl:

curl -vvI

If an error returns, you have 3 options:

  1. For a quick fix, you could just not verify the certificate:
requests.get('', verify=False)

  1. Pass the path to the CA_BUNDLE file or directory with certificates of trusted CAs:
requests.get('', verify='/path/to/certfile')

  1. If you have access to, fix the web server certificate.

My problem was because I was using only my site’s certificate, not the intermediate (a.k.a. chain) certificate.

If you are using Let’s Encrypt, you should use the fullchain.pem file, not cert.pem.

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As mentioned by @Rafael Almeida, the problem you are having is caused by an untrusted SSL certificate. In my case, the SSL certificate was untrusted by my server. To get around this without compromising security, I downloaded the certificate, and installed it on the server (by simply double clicking on the .crt file and then Install Certificate…).

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In my case the reason was fairly trivial.

I had known that the SSL verification had worked until a few days earlier, and was infact working on a different machine.

My next step was to compare the certificate contents and size between the machine on which verification was working, and the one on which it was not.

This quickly led to me determining that the Certificate on the ‘incorrectly’ working machine was not good, and once I replaced it with the ‘good’ cert, everything was fine.

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It is not feasible to add options if requests is being called from another package. In that case adding certificates to the cacert bundle is the straight path, e.g. I had to add “StartCom Class 1 Primary Intermediate Server CA”, for which I downloaded the root cert into StartComClass1.pem. given my virtualenv is named caldav, I added the certificate with:

cat StartComClass1.pem >> .virtualenvs/caldav/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pip/_vendor/requests/cacert.pem
cat temp/StartComClass1.pem >> .virtualenvs/caldav/lib/python2.7/site-packages/requests/cacert.pem

one of those might be enough, I did not check

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I was having a similar or the same certification validation problem. I read that OpenSSL versions less than 1.0.2, which requests depends upon sometimes have trouble validating strong certificates (see here). CentOS 7 seems to use 1.0.1e which seems to have the problem.

I wasn’t sure how to get around this problem on CentOS, so I decided to allow weaker 1024bit CA certificates.

import certifi # This should be already installed as a dependency of 'requests'
requests.get("", verify=certifi.old_where())

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I had to upgrade from Python 3.4.0 to 3.4.6

pyenv virtualenv 3.4.6 myvenv
pyenv activate myvenv
pip install -r requirements.txt

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This is just another way you can try to solve the issue.

If you put “”, requests shouts at you. If you put “”, you get this error. So if you DO NOT NEED https, you can avoid the error by changing “https” to “http”. eg. “”

WARNING: Not using HTTPS is generally not a good idea. See Why HTTPS for Everything? Why HTTPS matters

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