Submitting forms over HTTPS with mechanize

Rex rex.eastbourne at gmail.com
Thu Sep 4 20:16:47 CEST 2008


On Sep 3, 10:17 pm, Larry Bates <larry.ba... at vitalEsafe.com> wrote:
> Rex wrote:
> > Hello,
>
> > I am working on an academic research project where I need to log in to
> > a website (www.lexis.com) over HTTPS and execute a bunch of queries to
> > gather a data set. I just discovered the mechanize module, which seems
> > great because it's a high-level tool. However, I can't find any decent
> > documentation for mechanize apart from the docstrings, which are
> > pretty thin. So I just followed some other examples I found online, to
> > produce the following:
>
> > baseurl = 'http://www.lexis.com/'
> > br = mechanize.Browser()
> > br.set_handle_robots(False)
> > br.addheaders = [('User-Agent', 'Firefox')]
> > br.open(baseurl)
> > br.select_form(name="formauth")
> > br["USER_ID"]="my_user_id"
> > br["PASSWORD"]="my_password"
> > result = br.submit()
>
> > This code hangs at br.submit(), and I can't tell what I'm doing wrong.
> > Typically I would inspect the HTTP data with an HTTP debugging proxy
> > (Fiddler), but I guess since this is HTTPS I can't do that. Any
> > glaring errors in my code?
>
> > By the way, does anyone have suggestions for Python modules that I
> > should use instead of mechanize (and that are sufficiently easy)? If
> > mechanize fails, I might try modifying some similar Perl code a friend
> > sent me that logs into lexis.com.
>
> > Thanks so much,
>
> > Rex
>
> I've used mechanize quite successfully but others have suggested Twillhttp://twill.idyll.org/.  It seems to be at least documented.
>
> -Larry

Thanks for the reply, Larry. I ran my code again and it worked; there
was probably some temporary issue with either my computer or the
server that caused it to hang.



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