python – TypeError: the JSON object must be str, not bytes

python – TypeError: the JSON object must be str, not bytes

json.loads(myResponse.content.decode(utf-8))

You just put it in the wrong order, innocent mistake.


(In-depth answer). As courteously pointed out by wim, in some rare cases, they could opt for UTF-16 or UTF-32. These cases will be less common as the developers, in that scenario would be consciously deciding to throw away valuable bandwidth. So, if you run into encoding issues, you can change utf-8 to 16, 32, etc.

There are a couple of solutions for this. You could use requests built-in .json() function:

myResponse.json()

Or, you could opt for character detection via chardet. Chardet is a library developed based on a study. The library has one function: detect. Detect can detect most common encodings and then use them to encode your string with.

import chardet
json.loads(myResponse.content.decode(chardet.detect(myResponse.content)[encoding]))

Let requests decode it for you:

data = response.json()

This will check headers (Content-Type) and response encoding, auto-detecting how to decode the content correctly.

python – TypeError: the JSON object must be str, not bytes

python3.6+ does this automatically.so your code shouldnt return error in python3.6+

whats new in python3.6

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