Snoopy example

Shows how an example how you can use the Snoopy class for doing HTTP requests to other websites.

You need the snoopy.class.php from
$snoopy = new Snoopy;
// need an proxy?:
//$snoopy->proxy_host = "";
//$snoopy->proxy_port = "8080";
// set browser and referer:
$snoopy->agent = "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)";
$snoopy->referer = "";
// set some cookies:
$snoopy->cookies["SessionID"] = '238472834723489';
$snoopy->cookies["favoriteColor"] = "blue";
// set an raw-header:
$snoopy->rawheaders["Pragma"] = "no-cache";
// set some internal variables:
$snoopy->maxredirs = 2;
$snoopy->offsiteok = false;
$snoopy->expandlinks = false;
// set username and password (optional)
//$snoopy->user = "joe";
//$snoopy->pass = "bloe";
// fetch the text of the website
    // other methods: fetch, fetchform, fetchlinks, submittext and submitlinks
    // response code:
    print "response code: ".$snoopy->response_code."<br/>\n";
    // print the headers:
    print "<b>Headers:</b><br/>";
    while(list($key,$val) = each($snoopy->headers)){
        print $key.": ".$val."<br/>\n";
    print "<br/>\n";
    // print the texts of the website:
    print "<pre>".htmlspecialchars($snoopy->results)."</pre>\n";
else {
    print "Snoopy: error while fetching document: ".$snoopy->error."\n";
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Older comments:

EvNix July 04, 2010 at 13:20
is there anyway to use POST method
Anon 2 February 14, 2010 at 00:09

No, probably not. But it could be slightly faster than file_get_contents though,
Anon October 20, 2009 at 15:04
In terms of simply fetching content from a website, is there anything that snoopy better that would make me use it over something like file_get_contents?
lemoussel March 31, 2009 at 22:26
Snoopy is a PHP class that simulates a web browser. It automates the task of retrieving web page content and posting forms.
Mark March 19, 2009 at 11:45
What is Snoopy? What does it do?
MAski July 11, 2008 at 18:08
I have been dealing with snoopy for the past couple of weeks, at last Im glad with what can be done with it, thanks.
nancoder June 20, 2008 at 06:05
thanks! works great!
basti February 09, 2008 at 22:19
This is really great, thanks a lot for this help :-)