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Ignoring SSL Certificate Verification in Python Requests


Request is a popular package which is used for making API requests.

It comes and does various features on top of just doing API requests; one such thing is SSL Certificate Verification

What does SSL Certificate Vercel mean?

It'll verify whether the SSL certificate is valid or not before making the request. This helps to prevent issues like Man in the Middle attack and other security issues.

SSL: CERTIFICATE_VERIFY_FAILED] certificate verify failed

However, you might not want this functionality for some edge cases or if you've your own signed certificate for your local development

How to disable this?

Disabling this behaviour is not recommended for production use cases. However, here is how you can do it.

Individual Request

import requests
url = "https://localhost:8000" # Or, any domain with invalid SSL
response = requests.get(url, verify=False) 

Basically, just pass verify field as false.

Disabling for Sessions

import requests
session = requests.Session()
session.verify = False

url = "https://localhost:8000" # Or, any domain with invalid SSL
response = session.get(url) 


Happy disabling checks!