Seeking some guidance with net/http

Heya, I am attempting to write a script that lets me login to my Youtube
account to gather frequent data for the videos I have uploaded, I am
stumbling over the Youtube login procedure which seems to involve both
cookies and session info. I am able to get this login procedure to work
with Perl and LWP::UserAgent but so far using net/http and Ruby I am
failing.

Here is the code I have been playing with which involves first a POST
form submission to youtube’s /login script, then the code to follow the
redirection back to the /index page – but looking at the contents
returned from /index it appears youtube doesn’t recognize me as being
logged in:


Note: I have added a bunch of puts statements to help debug, leaving

them here for this post
require ‘net/http’

http = Net::HTTP.new( ‘www.youtube.com’, 80 )
path = ‘/login’
agent = ‘Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.0.1)
Gecko/20060111 Firefox/1.5.0.1’

data =
‘nexturl=/&current_form=loginForm&action_login=Log+In&username=MY_USER&password=MY_PWD’

headers = {
‘Referer’ => ‘http://www.youtube.com/’,
‘Content-Type’ => ‘application/x-www-form-urlencoded’,
‘User-Agent’ => agent
}

resp, data = http.post( path, data, headers )
cookie = resp.response[‘set-cookie’]

if ( resp.code =~ /^3/ )
puts "Got Redirect: " + resp[‘location’]
end

next_loc = resp[‘location’]

puts ‘Logging In to Set Cookies:’
puts ‘Code=’ + resp.code
puts ‘Mesg=’ + resp.message
puts ‘Cookie=’ + cookie
puts ‘Next Location=’ + next_loc
puts ‘Data=’ + data

headers = {
‘Cookie’ => cookie,
‘User-Agent’ => agent
}

resp, data = http.get( next_loc, headers )

puts ‘(should be) Logged In:’
puts ‘Code=’ + resp.code
puts ‘Mesg=’ + resp.message
puts ‘Data=’ + data


I am unsure what part I am missing which youtube apparently needs to
complete its login procedure, I would greatly appreciate any helpful
suggestions!

Thanks,
Andy

You may want to check out:
http://youtube-g.rubyforge.org/

at least see how they manage the authentication aspect.

/Shawn

Try this: http://rubyforge.org/projects/youtube

Hiya Shawn, I did have a look at youtube-g, have the README file open as
I type this in fact but I don’t see anything related to authenticating
an actual Youtube account, the lib is more for accessing the functions
that Youtube makes available with just guest access as far as I can
tell… :frowning:

-Andy

Dan D. wrote:

Try this: http://rubyforge.org/projects/youtube

Dan, like the youtube-g lib this one also provides no means for
authenticating a Youtube account. Though this does provide some
interesting options that can help me in some respects, it doesn’t
provide me with the same functionality that I can have as if I were
actually logged into the website, which I am trying to emulate.

Thanks
-Andy

This worked for me:

require ‘rubygems’
require ‘mechanize’

user = “user_here”
pw = “password_here”
agent = WWW::Mechanize.new
page = agent.post ‘http://youtube.com/signup’,
{“username”=>user,“password”=>pw,“current_form”=>“loginForm”,“action_login”=>“Log+In”}
page = agent.get ‘http://youtube.com/

this returns true, showing you are logged in

p page.body.to_s.include?("/user/#{user}")

Shawn, I had not heard of the mechanize lib, but sure enough it works
great. Thank you for posting that, much appreciated!

Thanks
-Andy

Andrew C. wrote:

Shawn, I had not heard of the mechanize lib, but sure enough it works
great. Thank you for posting that, much appreciated!

Thanks
-Andy

perl has mechanize too.

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