[ACCEPTED]-How to submit a form using PhantomJS-phantomjs

Accepted answer
Score: 232

I figured it out. Basically it's an async 4 issue. You can't just submit and expect 3 to render the subsequent page immediately. You 2 have to wait until the onLoad event for 1 the next page is triggered. My code is below:

var page = new WebPage(), testindex = 0, loadInProgress = false;

page.onConsoleMessage = function(msg) {
  console.log(msg);
};

page.onLoadStarted = function() {
  loadInProgress = true;
  console.log("load started");
};

page.onLoadFinished = function() {
  loadInProgress = false;
  console.log("load finished");
};

var steps = [
  function() {
    //Load Login Page
    page.open("https://website.com/theformpage/");
  },
  function() {
    //Enter Credentials
    page.evaluate(function() {

      var arr = document.getElementsByClassName("login-form");
      var i;

      for (i=0; i < arr.length; i++) { 
        if (arr[i].getAttribute('method') == "POST") {

          arr[i].elements["email"].value="mylogin";
          arr[i].elements["password"].value="mypassword";
          return;
        }
      }
    });
  }, 
  function() {
    //Login
    page.evaluate(function() {
      var arr = document.getElementsByClassName("login-form");
      var i;

      for (i=0; i < arr.length; i++) {
        if (arr[i].getAttribute('method') == "POST") {
          arr[i].submit();
          return;
        }
      }

    });
  }, 
  function() {
    // Output content of page to stdout after form has been submitted
    page.evaluate(function() {
      console.log(document.querySelectorAll('html')[0].outerHTML);
    });
  }
];


interval = setInterval(function() {
  if (!loadInProgress && typeof steps[testindex] == "function") {
    console.log("step " + (testindex + 1));
    steps[testindex]();
    testindex++;
  }
  if (typeof steps[testindex] != "function") {
    console.log("test complete!");
    phantom.exit();
  }
}, 50);
Score: 62

Also, CasperJS provides a nice high-level 3 interface for navigation in PhantomJS, including 2 clicking on links and filling out forms.

CasperJS

Updated 1 to add July 28, 2015 article comparing PhantomJS and CasperJS.

(Thanks to commenter Mr. M!)

Score: 19

Sending raw POST requests can be sometimes 2 more convenient. Below you can see post.js original example from 1 PhantomJS

// Example using HTTP POST operation

var page = require('webpage').create(),
    server = 'http://posttestserver.com/post.php?dump',
    data = 'universe=expanding&answer=42';

page.open(server, 'post', data, function (status) {
    if (status !== 'success') {
        console.log('Unable to post!');
    } else {
        console.log(page.content);
    }
    phantom.exit();
});
Score: 6

As it was mentioned above CasperJS is the best tool 3 to fill and send forms. Simplest possible 2 example of how to fill & submit form 1 using fill() function:

casper.start("http://example.com/login", function() {
//searches and fills the form with id="loginForm"
  this.fill('form#loginForm', {
    'login':    'admin',
    'password':    '12345678'
   }, true);
  this.evaluate(function(){
    //trigger click event on submit button
    document.querySelector('input[type="submit"]').click();
  });
});

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