Disable SSL verification in Python

With Python 2.7.9 release the default HTTPS behaviour has changed, which is now to always verify the remote HTTPS certificate to which you are initiating a connection.

In the Python 2.7.9 release notes you can read more about the changes that made it in this release of Python, and PEP 476 provides the technical details and rationale about this change.

In order to disable HTTPS certificate validation by default in Python versions 2.7.9 or above you could use this snippet of code.

import ssl

    _create_unverified_https_context = ssl._create_unverified_context
except AttributeError:
    # Legacy Python that doesn't verify HTTPS certificates by default
    # Handle target environment that doesn't support HTTPS verification
    ssl._create_default_https_context = _create_unverified_https_context
Written on December 28, 2014