python requests.get() returns improperly decoded text instead of UTF-8?

When the content-type of the server is 'Content-Type:text/html', requests.get() returns improperly encoded data.

However, if we have the content type explicitly as 'Content-Type:text/html; charset=utf-8', it returns properly encoded data.

Also, when we use urllib.urlopen(), it returns properly encoded data.

Has anyone noticed this before? Why does requests.get() behave like this?

Answer

From requests documentation:

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 property.

>>> r.encoding
'utf-8'
>>> r.encoding = 'ISO-8859-1'

Check the encoding requests used for your page, and if it’s not the right one – try to force it to be the one you need.

Regarding the differences between requests and urllib.urlopen – they probably use different ways to guess the encoding. Thats all.