Last modified: Feb 15, 2023 By Alexander Williams
Python: Check internet connection
Python programing has many libraries and modules to check the internet connection status.
In this tutorial, we'll use two methods to check the internet connection the requests library and the urllib module. Also, we'll learn how to wait for the internet connection.
If you are ready, let's get started.
Check internet connection using requests
First of all, we need to install requests.
If you don't know about requests, check out w3chool-requests.
installation via pip:
pip install requests
First, let's write our code then explain how it works.
import requests timeout = 1 try: requests.head("http://www.google.com/", timeout=timeout) # Do something print('The internet connection is active') except requests.ConnectionError: # Do something print("The internet connection is down")
Initially, we import requests. Next, we try to send a request to google.com usingrequests.head() method.
If the request returns ConnectionError that means the internet connection is down, and if not, that means our internet is active.
timeout: wait (seconds) for the client to make a connection or send a response.
Let"s write our code as a function:
def is_cnx_active(timeout): try: requests.head("http://www.google.com/", timeout=timeout) return True except requests.ConnectionError: return False
The is_cnx_active function return True or False.
Check internet connection using urllib.request.urlopen
With the urlopen function, we can also check the internet connection.
Let's see an example:
from urllib.request import urlopen def is_cnx_active(timeout): try: urlopen('http://www.google.com', timeout) return True except: return False
I think everything is clear, and no need to repeat the explanation.
How to wait for the internet connection
To wait for the internet connection, we'll use while True statement with the is_cnx_active() function.
while True: if is_cnx_active() is True: # Do somthing print("The internet connection is active") break else: pass
while True: loop forever.
The loop will break if is_cnx_active() returns True.