The Mechanize module is used for automating interaction with websites. Mechanize automatically stores and sends cookies, follows redirects, can follow links, and submit forms. Form fields can be populated and submitted. Mechanize also keeps track of the sites that you have visited as a history.
From the root folder, you can run the get_page example:
To load from a specific URL:
node bin/get_page.js "http://www.cnn.com"
The example gets the page and then performs a
console.log() on all of the returned object data.
Posting a form
For form posting, you can run the submit_form example:
node bin/submit_form.js "http://localhost/"
The example POSTs a username and password to the /login path at the specificied URL
Chaining page accesses
For an example of chaining requests, you can run the submit_form_chain example:
Logging into Twitter and getting personal notifications
To see an example of chaining to log into Twitter and access the notifications page, run the twitter_notifications example:
node bin/twitter_notifications.js MYTWITTERUSERNAME MYTWITTERPASSWORD
The example gets the Twitter login page, fills out the username and password fields, logs into Twitter, gets the private notifications page, and displays the returned results.
From the mechanize directory, run npm install:
cookiejar >= 2.1.1 libxmljs >= 0.18.7 mime >= 2.0.3 request >= 2.83.0
This borrows heavily from Aaron Patterson's mechanize Ruby gem.
- Dan Rahmel
- Anders Hjelm