Python: submit authenticated form using cookie and session

Recently, I was challenged to do bulk submits through an authenticated form. The website required a login. While there are plenty of examples of how to use POST and GET in Python, I want to share with you how I handled the session along with a cookie and authenticity token (CSRF-like protection).

In the post, we are going to cover the crucial techniques needed in the scripting web scraping:

  • persistent session usage
  • cookie finding and storing [in session]
  • “auth token” finding, retrieving and submitting in a form