Python Tutorial | Logging into facebook using Selenium
If you’re lazy like me, I would do anything I can to avoid doing repetitive tasks over and over. I would rather spend 20 hours learning how to do a task once with a script, than spending 3 hours doing the same process over again. While researching how to auto processes within an internet browser, I stumbled upon Selenium.
Pulled from the Selenium site itself “Selenium automates browsers. That’s it! What you do with that power is entirely up to you. Primarily, it is for automating web applications for testing purposes, but is certainly not limited to just that. Boring web-based administration tasks can (and should!) be automated as well.”
I figured my first project using the selenium library should be a facebook automation login script. Usually when I’m not busy at work, I open up an incognito window, log into facebook, and check out whats going on with the world. I figured I can save myself the time by creating a small script I can double click on and have it input the information for me. And that is how I came up with the python code below.
Download the script on github
How the script works
First we import in the webdriver, which controls the browser of our choice(I used Chrome) and then we imported Keys. Keys sends an input to the browser.
We give the Webdriver a variable name called driver and on the next line we tell the web browser to open facebook.com
Then I created a function called userInfo, which passes two arguments, username and password. The function simply finds the username and password input box on facebooks home page, passes the arguments over and clicks on the login button.
Just like that, In 15 lines code, something that took me 15 seconds to complete multiple times a day, now takes 2-3 seconds. I love automation.
Feel free to leave a comment if you run into any troubles with the script or have any other ideas on what we can create with selenium. Our imaginations are limitless.
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