A python library for polling HTTP endpoints – batteries included!

httsleep aims to take care of any situation where you may need to poll a remote endpoint over HTTP, waiting for a certain response.


Polling a remote endpoint over HTTP (e.g. waiting for a job to complete) is a very common task. The fact that there are no truly flexible polling libraries available leads to developers reproducing this boilerplate code time and time again.

A Simple Example

Maybe you want to just poll until you get a HTTP status code 200?

resp = httsleep('http://server/endpoint',
                until={'status_code': 200})

This example would be easily replaced with a few lines of Python code. However, most real-world cases aren’t as simple as this, and your polling code ends up becoming more and more complicated – dealing with values in JSON payloads, cases where the remote server is unreachable, or cases where the job running remotely has errored out and we need to react accordingly.

httsleep aims to cover all of these cases – and more – by providing an array of validators (e.g. status_code, json and, most powerfully, jsonpath) which can be chained together logically, removing the burden of having to write any of this boilerplate code ever again.

A Real-World Example

“Poll my endpoint until it responds with the JSON payload {'status': 'SUCCESS'} and a HTTP status code 200, but raise an alarm if the HTTP status code is 500 or if the JSON payload is {'status': 'TIMEOUT'}. If a ConnectionError is thrown, ignore it, and give up after 20 attempts.”

resp = httsleep('http://server/endpoint',
                until={'json': {'status': 'SUCCESS'},
                       'status_code': 200},
                alarms=[{'status_code': 500},
                        {'json': {'status': 'TIMEOUT'}}],

The Python code required to cover this logic would be significantly more complex, not to mention that it would require an extensive test suite be written.

This is the idea behind httsleep: outsource all of this logic to a library and not have to reimplement it for each different API you use.

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