LWP-UserAgent-Request.pl - Login to facebook.com

This section provides a tutorial example on how to use LWP-UserAgent-Request.pl to login to facebook.com. The key part is to figure out the POST URI and data value names from HTML form source code.

Ready to try to login to facebook.com with LWP-UserAgent-Request.pl? Here is my test result:

C:\herong>LWP-UserAgent-Request.pl GET http://www.facebook.com

GET http://www.facebook.com
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1)

HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Location: https://www.facebook.com/
...

GET https://www.facebook.com/
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1)

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Set-Cookie: datr=PFQSUx4ndUAvvRdpNGJj_ANT; ...
...

C:\herong>LWP-UserAgent-Request.pl 
   POST https://www.facebo.com/login.php?login_attempt=1 
   "email=your_email&pass=your_pass" 

POST https://www.facebook.com/login.php?login_attempt=1
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1)
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
Cookie: datr=PFQSUx4ndUAvvRdpNGJj_ANT; ...
Cookie2: $Version="1"

email=your_email&pass=your_pass

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
...

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en" id="facebook" class="no_js">
...
</body></html>

The output confirms that the cookie management logic is working:

When I saved the last response into an HTML file and viewed it in a real browser, It showed the "The password you entered is incorrect. Please try again (make sure your caps lock is off)" message because entered a wrong password.

Now you can try to use LWP-UserAgent-Request.pl to play with your own Web applications. The key part of using LWP-UserAgent-Request.pl is that you have to figure out the POST URI and data value names from HTML form source code.

Last update: 2014.

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 Integrating Perl with Apache Web Server

 CGI.pm Module for Building Web Pages

LWP::UserAgent and Web Site Testing

 What Is LWP::UserAgent?

 What Is HTTP::Response?

 What Is HTTP::Request?

 LWP-UserAgent-GET.pl - Sending a GET Request

 LWP-UserAgent-GET-Redirect.pl - Following HTTP Redirects

 http-equiv="Refresh" Meta Tag not Followed

 LWP-UserAgent-POST.pl - Posting Form Data

 post() Method not Following Redirect Location

 LWP-UserAgent-POST-Redirect.pl - Posting with Redirects

 What Is HTTP::Cookies?

 LWP-UserAgent-Request.pl - GET, POST and Cookies

LWP-UserAgent-Request.pl - Login to facebook.com

 HTTP::Cookies save() not Saving Temporary Cookies

 LWP-UserAgent-Request-Cookies.pl - Sending Request with Cookies

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