If I do
url = "http://example.com?p=" + urllib.quote(query)
From the docs:
Replace special characters in string using the %xx escape. Letters, digits, and the characters '_.-' are never quoted. By default, this function is intended for quoting the path section of the URL.The optional safe parameter specifies additional characters that should not be quoted — its default value is '/'
That means passing '' for safe will solve your first issue:
>>> urllib.quote('/test') '/test' >>> urllib.quote('/test', safe='') '%2Ftest'
About the second issue, there is a bug report about it here. Apparently it was fixed in python 3. You can workaround it by encoding as utf8 like this:
>>> query = urllib.quote(u"Müller".encode('utf8')) >>> print urllib.unquote(query).decode('utf8') Müller
By the way have a look at urlencode