pengz pengz - 2 years ago 359
JSON Question

Python send a JSON Array via POST

I am trying to create a python script that does the following:

  • Parse a CSV file

  • Send the CSV file to a remote server via REST API

The code I have is working to parse the CSV file and convert it to a JSON object.

However, when it imports to the remote server, only the first row is written.

Question: Do I need to loop through and send a SEPARATE http request for EACH ROW? I feel like that would be too cumbersome. My CSV file has over 10,000 rows and this will be running on a daily cron.

Question: How can I set this up to import all rows in a single request?

#Requests package for python import requests
import csv
import json
import requests

#Parse CSV file and convert to JSON

f = open('example_import_csv.csv', 'rU')
reader = csv.DictReader(f, fieldnames = ("u_date","u_product","u_serial_number"))
out = json.dumps([row for row in reader])
#Print output confirms that the JSON is formatted properly
print(">JSON" , out)

#Set request parameters
url = 'xxxxx'
user = 'xxxxxx'
pwd = 'xxxxxx'

#Set proper headers
headers = {"Content-Type":"application/json","Accept":"application/json"}

#data=out contains the JSON object
#Problem is only the first row is imported
response =, auth=(user, pwd), headers=headers ,data=out)

#Check for HTTP codes other than 200
if response.status_code != 200:
print('Status:', response.status_code, 'Headers:', response.headers)

#Decode the JSON response into a dictionary and use the data


# >JSON [{"u_serial_number": "11", "u_product": "Apples", "u_date": "1/12/15"}, {"u_serial_number": "12", "u_product": "Pears", "u_date": "1/29/15"}, {"u_serial_number": "13", "u_product": "Oranges", "u_date": "1/12/15"}, {"u_serial_number": "14", "u_product": "Blackberries", "u_date": "1/29/15"}, {"u_serial_number": "15", "u_product": "Blueberries", "u_date": "2/5/15"}, {"u_serial_number": "16", "u_product": "Bananas", "u_date": "2/7/15"}, {"u_serial_number": "17", "u_product": "Strawberries", "u_date": "2/7/15"}]

# Status: 201 Headers: {'Content-Encoding': 'gzip', 'Transfer-Encoding': 'chunked', 'Content-Type': 'application/json'}

EDIT: I am sending the data to our ServiceNow instance. Here is a wiki article which describes the python script template.

Here's the basic code block that I used as a template. Note that this works for a single row of data as per the example but doest not work when importing multiple rows of data.

#Need to install requests package for python
#sudo easy_install requests
import requests

# Set the request parameters
url = ''
user = 'xxxxxxx'
pwd = 'xxxxxxx'

# Set proper headers
headers = {"Content-Type":"application/json","Accept":"application/json"}

# Do the HTTP request
response =, auth=(user, pwd), headers=headers ,data='{"short_description":"Test"}')

# Check for HTTP codes other than 200
if response.status_code != 201:
print('Status:', response.status_code, 'Headers:', response.headers, 'Error Response:',response.json())

Answer Source

I have confirmed that the ServiceNow REST API can only allow one record per request.

I have switched to the JSONv2 API to insert multiple records.

Thanks to Daniel who helped point me in the right direction with my troubleshooting.

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