ANNOUNCING twill v0.9.
twill is a simple language for browsing the Web. It's designed for automated testing of Web sites, but it can be used to interact with Web sites in a variety of ways. In particular, twill supports form submission, cookies, redirects, and HTTP authentication.
This release of twill is officially "Pretty Dang Stable".
A twill script to use the "I'm feeling lucky" button on Google looks like this:
setlocal query "twill Python"
fv 1 q $query submit btnI # use the "I'm feeling lucky" button
(Note that using this script abuses Google's Terms of Service. So don't.)
You can install the latest release of twill with easy_install,
or download this release at
Documentation is included in the .tar.gz and is also online at
twill is implemented in Python and uses pyparsing and mechanize. In addition to the existing simple command language, twill can easily be extended with Python. twill also provides a fairly simple and well-documented wrapper around mechanize.
Significant changes with 0.9:
- many small bugs were fixed, of course!
- patched subprocess pipe problem (Chris Abraham). This fixes problems with long-running twill processes.
- twill now "plays nice" with other versions of mechanize and ClientForm (good for including it in distributions).
- Corrected license information => MIT in all files.
- new 'info' command gives human-readable page summary.