Click on a javascript link within python?

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Click on a javascript link within python?

I am navigating a site using python’s mechanize module and having trouble clicking on a javascript link for next page. I did a bit of reading and people suggested I need python-spidermonkey and DOMforms. I managed to get them installed by I am not sure of the syntax to actually click on the link.

I can identify the code on the page as:

<a href="javascript:__doPostBack('ctl00$MainContent$gvSearchResults','Page$2')">2</a>

Does anyone know how to click on it? or if perhaps there’s another tool.


Asked By: Lostsoul


Answer #1:

I mainly use HtmlUnit under jython for these use cases. Also I published a simple article on the subject: Web Scraping Ajax and Javascript sites.

Answered By: sw.

Answer #2:

instead of struggling with python-spidermonkey try webkit’s qt python bindings.

Here is a full example to execute JavaScript and extract the final HTML.

Answered By: hoju

Answer #3:

how about calling __doPostBack('ctl00$MainContent$gvSearchResults','Page$'+pageid); (javascript method, via python-spidermonkey)

Answered By: n00b

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