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Connect to password protected sites

Marton Istvan

Joined: May 02, 2009
Posts: 3
hi all!

I want to connect some sites with username and password. I have been looking for the solution a few days but I can't find it. I found some useful information, but i can't solve the problem.

Here is one example, the others are similar. (with other sites)

There is one forum :
and a topic protected by username and password :

If you have an account (you're a member), you can see the topic. I have registered, i have an account. (I'm the admin in that forum, I made it)
Here is the code which I'm trying

Every time when I try it, I can't get the source of the topic. I get a login page source. What's the problem with it?
Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42965
Welcome to JavaRanch.

That page doesn't use Basic Authentication (which is what your code does), it uses form authentication. You'll need to post the account info to the proper URL, after which a cookie will probably be set which must then be sent in all subsequent page accesses.

I recommend to use a library like jWebUnit (or HtmlUnit) for programmatic access to web sites; that's generally simpler than using the URL and URLConnection classes.
Marton Istvan

Joined: May 02, 2009
Posts: 3
thanks! I'll try it!
I agree. Here's the link:
subject: Connect to password protected sites
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