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VK requests for humans™ is the largest social network in Russia.


  • python (2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6)

NOTE: Python 2.7 will be no longer supported starting from the version 2.0.0


pip install vk-requests

Usage and features

Simple queries

# Returns list of users

# Returns list of user's friends with extra fields 
api.friends.get(user_id=1, fields=['nickname', 'city'])

# Returns result list from your custom api method

User token with login and password

Fits the usecase when you run queries from one on the backend from one of your accounts

import vk_requests

api = vk_requests.create_api(app_id=123, login='User', password='Password')
[{'first_name': 'Pavel', 'last_name': 'Durov', 'id': 1}]

Using service token

Service token is preferable way, because it does not require user credentials and oauth requests, but not all the methods can be called with service token (e.g execute can't be)

api = vk_requests.create_api(service_token="{YOUR_APP_SERVICE_TOKEN}")

More info about service token.

Using client access token

For example when you got a token on the client side (implicit flow) and want to query API on the backend.

Use service_token parameter as in the example above.

User token with client_secret (Direct Authorization)

Trusted applications can get unlimited access_token to access API by passing with application ID, username, password and client_secret - secret key of your application.

api = vk_requests.create_api(app_id=123, login='User', password='Password',

More info about Direct Authorization.

Using custom parameters

Scope or api version

Just pass scope and/or api_version parameters like

api = vk_requests.create_api(..., scope=['offline', 'status'], api_version='5.00')
api.status.set(text='Hello world!')

HTTP parameters

To override requests http parameters (e.g ssl options), just use http_params as follows:

api = vk_requests.create_api(http_params={'timeout': 15, 'verify': False})
Using HTTP proxy

To use proxy server just pass it to the http_params, e.g

proxies = {
    'http': '',
    'https': '',

api = vk_requests.create_api(http_params={'proxies': proxies})

For more info, take a look at requests docs

Enable logging

To enable library logging in your project you should do as follows:

import logging

# Setup basic config
    format='%(asctime)s %(levelname)s [%(name)s] %(message)s',

# To change log level for the library logger

Auto-resolving conflicts when you're getting access from unusual place

Just pass your phone number during API initialization. In case of security check it will be handled automatically, otherwise console input will be asked

api = vk_requests.create_api(
    app_id=123, login='User', password='Password', phone_number='+79111234567')

Interactive session

Interactive session gives you control over login parameters during the runtime.

Useful if

  • 2FA authentication required
  • CAPTCHA required
  • For testing purposes


api = vk_requests.create_api(..., interactive=True)

If you don't pass login, password and app_id you will be asked to prompt it, i.e having this

api = vk_requests.create_api(app_id=XXX, login='***', password='***', interactive=True)

You will be asked only for 2FA authentication or captcha code if required

Streaming API

Streaming API allows to subscribe on the events from vk.

NOTE: Only for python 3.4 and later


pip install vk-requests[streaming]

Stream rules

from vk_requests.streaming import StreamingAPI

streaming_api = StreamingAPI(service_token="{YOUR_SERVICE_TOKEN}")

# Add new rule
streaming_api.add_rule(value='my_keyword', tag='tag1')

# Get all rules
rules = streaming_api.get_rules()

# Remove the rule by tag


Streaming API provides convenient coroutine-based handler interface (callback)

import asyncio
from vk_requests import StreamingAPI

api = StreamingAPI(service_token="{YOUR_SERVICE_TOKEN}")
stream = api.get_stream()

def handle_event(payload):

if __name__ == '__main__':

Official API docs


Tests are mostly checking integration part, so it requires some vk authentication data.

Before running tests locally define environment variables:

export VK_USER_LOGIN=<login> VK_USER_PASSWORD=<password> VK_APP_ID=<app_id> VK_PHONE_NUMBER=<phone_number> VK_SERVICE_TOKEN=<service_token>

To run tests:


Bug tracker

Warm welcome for suggestions and concerns. Feel free to submit it to the Issues section