From the documentation (emphasis added):
When you make a request, Requests makes educated guesses about the encoding of the response based on the HTTP headers. The text encoding guessed by Requests is used when you access
r.text. You can find out what encoding Requests is using, and change it, using the
>>> r.encoding 'utf-8' >>> r.encoding = 'ISO-8859-1'
If you change the encoding, Requests will use the new value of
r.encodingwhenever you call
r.text. You might want to do this in any situation where you can apply special logic to work out what the encoding of the content will be. For example, HTTP and XML have the ability to specify their encoding in their body. In situations like this, you should use
r.contentto find the encoding, and then set
r.encoding. This will let you use
r.textwith the correct encoding.