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Send custom HTTP headers in Python with httplib2

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of sending custom HTTP headers when requesting an URL to be converted to PDF using PDFShift's API.

This can be useful to pass custom parameters to your server. It can help for instance to identify from where is coming the request, and add some extra layer of security.

import httplib2, json, base64

# You can get an API key at
api_key = 'sk_xxxxxxxxxxxx'

params = {
    'source': '',
    'http_headers': {
        'x-custom-header': 'custom-value',
        'Authorization': 'Bearer {token}'  # This allows you to authenticate PDFShift to your service in a custom way

http = httplib2.Http()
response, content = http.request(
        'Content-Type': 'application/json',
        'Authorization': 'Basic ' + base64.b64encode(f'api:{api_key}'.encode('utf-8')).decode('utf-8')

if response.status >= 400:
    raise ValueError(f"Request failed with status code {response.status}: {content.decode('utf-8')}")

with open('result.pdf', 'wb') as f:

print('The PDF document was generated and saved to result.pdf')

This allows you to set specific HTTP headers that will be send along with the request PDFShift will make to your server. It can be helpful to authenticate the request that your backend can check against before converting it to PDF.

For further details on the http_headers property and its usage, please refer to our dedicated documentation.

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