I am trying to send a GET request to a URL that I know returns data in the form of JSON using python.

I would like to know how to send this request to http://someurl/path/to/json, and how to parse it – preferably to a python dict.

For anything with requests to URLs you might want to check out requests. For JSON in particular:

>>> import requests
>>> r = requests.get('https://github.com/timeline.json')
>>> r.json()
[{u'repository': {u'open_issues': 0, u'url': 'https://github.com/...

Python’s standard library has json and urllib2 modules.

import json
import urllib2

data = json.load(urllib2.urlopen('http://someurl/path/to/json'))