In the first volume of 24 Days of Rust, I've
written about hyper
as the Rust HTTP toolkit. A lot of things have changed in the last two years,
but hyper is still the best solution for HTTP in Rust.
hyper is undergoing some major changes to use
tokio for async I/O. While this
will be fantastic for use cases where performance is top priority,
it will also make
hyper APIs a bit more complex. It's good to know about
event loops, futures and services, but sometimes we just want to send a GET
request and call it a day.
Sean McArthur created Reqwest specifically
for such scenarios. It is a high level HTTP client built on top of
The situation here is somewhat similar to Python, where
requests provides a
simple API on top of heavy
Reqwest is relatively new
requests, but it has the same goal - to make simple HTTP requests
easy and delegate complex tasks to
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Reqwest also uses OS-provided TLS support if possible. This avoids a lot of
pain setting up OpenSSL on Windows.