Python Requests script to login to a phpbb forum

Chris “Kwpolska” Warrick kwpolska at
Wed Feb 19 12:50:01 CET 2014

On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM, Leo <ttdhead at> wrote:
> Hi there,
> I have decided to jump in at the deep end to try and learn python. I have
> been able to get requests to pull the login page off the server and I think
> send the login request. I don't get logged in though. Please let me know if
> I would be better off asking in a phpBB related group or forum.
> Here is my code without username and password included:

You need cookies.  In order to do it, simply use sessions instead of
the “global” API.  Code:

import requests

payload = {'username': 'username', 'password': 'password'}
session = requests.Session()
r ="",data=payload)
sidStart = r.text.find("sid")+4
sid = r.text[sidStart:sidStart+32]
parameters = {'mode': 'login', 'sid': sid}
r ="",params=parameters,data=payload)
if "Logout" in r.text: print("We are in")

(for the record, I added the session creation line and replaced
requests. with session. so it uses your session.  This code was not
tested on a real phpBB forum; if everything you coded is correct, it
will work.)

Chris “Kwpolska” Warrick <>
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