We’re seeking sponsors and supporters for urllib3 v2.0 on Open Collective.
There’s a lot of work to be done for our small team and we want to make sure
development can get completed on-time while also fairly compensating contributors
for the additional effort required for a large release like
Additional information available within the Sponsors and Supporters section of our documentation.
🚀 Functional API Compatibility#
We’re maintaining 99% functional API compatibility to make the migration an easy choice for most users. Migration from v1.x to v2.x should be the simplest major version upgrade you’ve ever completed.
Most changes are either to default configurations, supported Python versions, and internal implementation details. So unless you’re in a specific situation you should notice no changes! 🎉
v1.26.x Security and Bug Fixes#
Thanks to support from Tidelift we’re able to continue supporting v1.26.x releases with both security and bug fixes for the forseeable future 💖
If your organization relies on urllib3 and is interested in continuing support you can learn more about the Tidelift Subscription for Enterprise.
🔐 Modern Security by Default#
HTTPS requires TLS 1.2+#
Greater than 95% of websites support TLS 1.2 or above. At this point we’re comfortable switching the default minimum TLS version to be 1.2 to ensure high security for users without breaking services.
Dropping TLS 1.0 and 1.1 by default means you won’t be vulnerable to TLS downgrade attacks if a vulnerability in TLS 1.0 or 1.1 were discovered in the future. Extra security for free! By dropping TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 we also tighten the list of ciphers we need to support to ensure high security for data traveling over the wire.
If you still need to use TLS 1.0 or 1.1 in your application
you can still upgrade to v2.0, you’ll only need to set
ssl_version to the proper values to continue using
legacy TLS versions.
Stop Verifying CommonName in Certificates#
Dropping support the long deprecated
field on certificates in favor of only verifying
subjectAltName to put us in line with browsers and
other HTTP client libraries and to improve security for our users.
Certificate Verification via SSLContext#
By default certificate verification is handled by urllib3 to support legacy Python versions, but now we can rely on Python’s certificate verification instead! This should result in a speedup for verifying certificates and means that any improvements made to certificate verification in Python or OpenSSL will be immediately available.
✨ Optimized for Python 3.6+#
In v2.0 we’ll be specifically be targeting CPython 3.6+ and PyPy 7.0+ (compatible with CPython 3.6) and dropping support Python versions 2.7 and 3.5.
By dropping end-of-life Python versions we’re able to optimize the codebase for Python 3.6+ by using new features to improve performance and reduce the amount of code that needs to be executed in order to support legacy versions.
Currently with urllib3 it’s tough to get low-level insights into what how your HTTP client is performing and what your connection information looks like. In v2.0 we’ll be adding tracing and telemetry information to HTTP response objects including:
IP Address resolved by DNS
Request Method, Target, and Headers
TLS Version and Cipher
Certificate Fingerprint, subjectAltName, and Validity Information
Timings for DNS, Request Data, First Byte in Response
📜 Type-Hinted APIs#
You’ll finally be able to run Mypy or other type-checkers
on code using urllib3. This also means that for IDEs
that support type hints you’ll receive better suggestions
from auto-complete. No more confusing with
We’ll also add API interfaces to ensure that when you’re sub-classing an interface you’re only using supported public APIs to ensure compatibility and minimize breakages down the road.
🎁 …and many more features!#
Open Possibility to Alternate HTTP Implementations
Support Zstandard Compression
More Powerful and Configurable Retry Logic
If there’s a feature you don’t see here but would like to see in urllib3 v2.0, there’s an open GitHub issue for making feature suggestions.
📅 Release and Migration Schedule#
We’re aiming for all
v2.x features to be released in mid-to-late 2021.
Here’s what the release and migration schedule will look like leading up to v2.0 being released:
v2.xbreaking changes starts.
v1.26.0with deprecation warnings for
v2.0.0breaking changes. This will be the last non-patch release within the
v2.0.0-alpha1once all breaking changes have been completed. We’ll wait for users to report issues, bugs, and unexpected breakages at this stage to ensure the release
Development of remaining
v2.0.0which will be identical to
Deprecation warnings within
v1.26.x will be opt-in by default.
More detailed Application Migration Guide coming soon.
For Package Maintainers#
Since this is the first major release in almost 9 years some users may
be caught off-guard by a new major release of urllib3. We’re mitigating this by
trying to make
v2.x API-compatible with
If your application or library uses urllib3 and you’d like to be extra
cautious about not breaking your users, you can pin urllib3 like so
until you ensure compatibility with
# 'install_requires' or 'requirements.txt' "urllib3>=1.25,<2"
We’d really appreciate testing compatibility
and providing feedback on
v2.0.0-alpha1 once released.