Using request.args.get in Flask

HTTP requests play a crucial role in web development. When a client sends an HTTP request to a server, it can include additional information such as headers, parameters, and data. The server needs to extract and process this information to return the appropriate response. One way to handle such information in Flask, a popular web framework for Python, is through the use of the request.args.get method.

What is request.args.get?

In Flask, request.args.get is a method used to retrieve data that is sent through an HTTP GET request. When a client sends a GET request to a server, the request can contain parameters in the URL. These parameters are called query strings and are in the format of key=value. The request.args.get method allows you to retrieve the value of a specific query string parameter by providing its key.

How does request.args.get work?

The request.args.get method is part of the request object, which is a global object that is created by Flask to represent an incoming request from a client. The request.args attribute of this object is a dictionary-like object that contains the parsed query string parameters.

The request.args.get method takes a single argument, which is the key of the query string parameter to retrieve. It returns the value of the parameter if it exists or None if the parameter does not exist.

Examples of request.args.get

Example 1: Retrieving a single query string parameter

Suppose we have a URL with the following query string parameters:

To retrieve the value of the q parameter, we can use the following code:

	from flask import Flask, request

	app = Flask(__name__)

	def search():
	    query = request.args.get('q')
	    return f'Search results for: {query}'

	if __name__ == '__main__':

When a client makes a GET request to, the search function will be called, and the value of the q parameter will be retrieved using request.args.get. The function will return a message indicating the search results for the provided query.

Example 2: Providing a default value

In some cases, you may want to provide a default value if a query string parameter is not present. In this case, you can pass the default value as the second argument to request.args.get.

	def hello():
	    name = request.args.get('name', 'World')
	    return f'Hello, {name}!'

If a client makes a GET request to, the hello function will be called, and the value of the name parameter will be retrieved using request.args.get. If the name parameter is not present, the default value of 'World' will be used. The function will return a personalized greeting using the retrieved or default name.

Example 3: Retrieving multiple query string parameters

It’s possible to retrieve multiple query string parameters using multiple calls to request.args.get, or by directly accessing the request.args dictionary-like object. For example:

	def details():
	    name = request.args.get('name')
	    age = request.args.get('age')
	    city = request.args.get('city')

	    # Or, directly access request.args
	    # name = request.args['name']
	    # age = request.args['age']
	    # city = request.args['city']

	    return f'{name} is {age} years old and lives in {city}.'

When a client makes a GET request to, the details function will be called, and the values of the name, age, and city parameters will be retrieved using request.args.get or by accessing the request.args dictionary-like object. The function will return a message with the retrieved information.

More Examples can be found at flask.request.args.get


Using request.args.get in Flask is a simple way to retrieve query string parameters from an HTTP GET request. It allows you to extract specific information from a URL and use it to generate a response for the client. By understanding how to use this method and its various options, you can create more dynamic and personalized web applications.

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