ANNOUNCE: twill 0.7.2

C. Titus Brown titus at
Sun Sep 11 08:05:12 CEST 2005

ANNOUNCING twill v0.7.2.

twill is a simple Web scripting language built on top of Python and
John J. Lee's 'mechanize'.  It's designed for automated testing of Web
sites, but it should prove useful for anybody who needs to interact
with Web sites (especially those using logins and cookies) on the
command line or via a script.

twill is a reimplementation of Cory Dodt's PBP.

A twill script looks like this:

   # go to the /. login page

   # fill in the form
   fv 1 unickname test
   fv 1 upasswd test

   # ok, there's no such account ;). show error HTML.


This is the third public release of twill, version 0.7.2.

(Tagline: "no obvious bugs")

I'm still looking for general feedback on usability, as well as
suggestions on additional use cases.

Download directly here:

Documentation is online at


Miscellaneous details:

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.

twill scripts can be recorded with maxq, although scripts may require
some hand tweaking at the moment.  See the twill documentation for
more information.

twill does not understand JavaScript, I'm sorry to say.


Notable bug fixes and features:

  * save_html and HTTP debugging commands;

  * fixed extend_with bugs;

  * updated pyparsing to 1.3.2;

  * first PyPi release;

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