Communicating with a PHP script (and pretending I'm a browser)

Larry Martell larry.martell at
Wed Nov 12 17:57:10 CET 2014

On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM, Larry Martell <larry.martell at> wrote:
> I have a PHP app that I want to convert to django. But I want to do it
> stages. All the heavy lifting is in the PHP code, so first, I want to
> just use templates and views to generate the HTML, but still call the
> PHP code. Then later convert the PHP to python.
> My issue is that the PHP code expects to get all it's input from the
> REQUEST object and I've consumed that in the view. Is there any way I
> can somehow supply that to the PHP code?
> Is there some way python can communicate like curl ... it needs to
> send the request string in the body of a POST request to the URL that
> will route to the PHP script and get the output back.

We were all making this much harder than it is. I ended up doing this:

wp = urllib.request.urlopen('http://php_page/?' + request.POST.urlencode())
pw =

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