Python package for object oriented headers, http and imap. Parse headers to objects.

❓ Why

No matter if you are currently building software using HTTP or IMAP, you should not worry about easily accessing header and associated attributes, adjectives or values.


I have seen so many chunks of code trying to deal with these headers; often I saw this implementation :

charset = headers['Content-Type'].split(';')[-1].split('=')[-1].replace('"', '')

No more of that !

🔪 Features

kiss-headers is a basic library that allow you to handle headers as objects.

  • A backwards-compatible syntax using bracket style.
  • Capability to alter headers using simple, human-readable operator notation + and -.
  • Flexibility if headers are from IMAP4 or HTTP, use as you need with one library.
  • Ability to parse any object and extract recognized headers from it, it also support UTF-8 encoded headers.
  • Fully type-annotated.
  • Provide great auto-completion in Python interpreter or any capable IDE.
  • Absolutely no dependencies.
  • 90% test coverage.

Plus all the features that you would expect from handling headers...

  • Properties syntax for headers and attribute in header.
  • Supports headers and attributes OneToOne, OneToMany and ManySquashedIntoOne.
  • Capable of parsing bytes, fp, str, dict, email.Message, requests.Response and httpx._models.Response.
  • Automatically unquote and unfold value of an attribute when retrieving it.
  • Case insensitive with header name and attribute key.
  • Character - equal _ in addition of above feature.
  • Any syntax you like, we like.

✨ Installation

Whatever you like, use pipenv or pip, it simply works. Requires Python 3.6+ installed.

pip install kiss-headers --upgrade

🍰 Usage

parse_it() method takes bytes, str, fp, dict, email.Message or even a requests.Response or httpx._models.Response itself and returns a Headers object.

from requests import get
from kiss_headers import parse_it

response = get('')
headers = parse_it(response)

headers.content_type.charset  # output: ISO-8859-1
# Its the same as
headers["content-type"]["charset"]  # output: ISO-8859-1

Do not forget that headers are not OneToOne. One header can be repeated multiple times and attributes can have multiple values within the same header.

from kiss_headers import parse_it

my_cookies = """set-cookie: 1P_JAR=2020-03-16-21; expires=Wed, 15-Apr-2020 21:27:31 GMT; path=/;; Secure; SameSite=none
set-cookie: CONSENT=WP.284b10; expires=Fri, 01-Jan-2038 00:00:00 GMT; path=/;"""

headers = parse_it(my_cookies)

type(headers.set_cookie)  # output: list
headers.set_cookie[0].expires # output: Wed, 15-Apr-2020 21:27:31 GMT
headers.set_cookie[0]._1p_jar # output: 2020-03-16-21
headers.set_cookie[0]["1P_JAR"] # output: 2020-03-16-21

Since v2.1 you can transform an Header object to its target CustomHeader subclass in order to access more methods.

from kiss_headers import parse_it, get_polymorphic, SetCookie

my_cookies = """set-cookie: 1P_JAR=2020-03-16-21; expires=Wed, 15-Apr-2020 21:27:31 GMT; path=/;; Secure; SameSite=none
set-cookie: CONSENT=WP.284b10; expires=Fri, 01-Jan-2038 00:00:00 GMT; path=/;"""

headers = parse_it(my_cookies)

type(headers.set_cookie[0])  # output: Header

set_cookie = get_polymorphic(headers.set_cookie[0], SetCookie)

type(set_cookie)  # output: SetCookie

set_cookie.get_cookie_name()  # output: 1P_JAR
set_cookie.get_expire()  # output: datetime(...)

Just a note: Accessing a header that has the same name as a reserved keyword must be done this way :

headers = parse_it('From: Ousret;\nIS: 1\nWhile: Not-True')

# this flavour
headers.from_ # to access From, just add a single underscore to it
# or.. just using :

The builder

Introduced in the version 2.0, kiss-headers now allow you to create headers with more than 40+ ready-to-use, fully documented, header objects.

1st example usage

from kiss_headers import Headers, Authorization
from requests import get

response = get("", headers=Headers(Authorization("Bearer", "qwerty")))
print(response.status_code)  # 200

2nd example usage

from kiss_headers import *

headers = (
    + UserAgent(
        "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.9; rv:50.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/50.0"
    + Accept("text/html")
    + Accept("application/xhtml+xml")
    + Accept("application/xml", qualifier=0.9)
    + Accept(qualifier=0.8)
    + AcceptLanguage("en-US")
    + AcceptLanguage("en", qualifier=0.5)
    + AcceptEncoding("gzip")
    + AcceptEncoding("deflate")
    + AcceptEncoding("br")
    + Referer("")
    + Connection(should_keep_alive=True)
    + UpgradeInsecureRequests()
    + IfModifiedSince("Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:36:04 GMT")
    + IfNoneMatch("c561c68d0ba92bbeb8b0fff2a9199f722e3a621a")
    + CacheControl(max_age=0)

raw_headers = str(headers)

raw_headers now retain the following :

User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.9; rv:50.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/50.0
Accept: text/html, application/xhtml+xml, application/xml; q="0.9", */*; q="0.8"
Accept-Language: en-US, en; q="0.5"
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate, br
Connection: keep-alive
Upgrade-Insecure-Requests: 1
If-Modified-Since: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:36:04 GMT
If-None-Match: "c561c68d0ba92bbeb8b0fff2a9199f722e3a621a"
Cache-Control: max-age="0"

See the complete list of available header class in the full documentation.
Also, you can create your own custom header object using the class kiss_headers.CustomHeader.