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using curl on Username & Password Protected pages


confused and dazed
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Hello internet,

 

Recently I have been working with curl sessions and scrapping data from webpages. I have been fairly successful until I tried to access data from pages that are username and password protected. I have the username and password so that's not an issue - but I am not able to get the data on the page. Any thoughts?

 

$username='usr1';
$password='pswd1';
$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, 'somelink');
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPAUTH, CURLAUTH_ANY);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERPWD, $username.":".$password);
$out = curl_exec($ch);
if(curl_exec($ch) === false)
{
echo 'Curl error: ' . curl_error($ch);
}
echo $out;
curl_close($ch);
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There is no error message. Maybe it has something to do with what I expect to see. From the echo $out; I expect to see the logged in page embedded in the current page. All I see is the login page embedded in the current page. I expected to see the user info page instead of the login page as well as have access to the source data from the user page so I can scrape the source code.

Edited by confused and dazed
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The login page is what's being served. If you want something else to be served, you will need to send a POST request with a proper username and password and get a cookie in return.

 

Since curl probably won't save cookies for you, you'll have to manually read the Set-Cookie header and manually send a Cookie header when requesting a new page.

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