In order to log into Facebook using Python, you need to use Selenium (a web automation tool). Selenium can automate and control a browser and click, fill text, submit buttons that appear on various websites.
To log in to Facebook, we will use a Python Script that drives Selenium. The Selenium Python Script will
- Step 1) Open Firefox
- Step 2) Navigate to Facebook
- Step 3) Search & Enter the Email or Phone field & Enter Password
- Step 4) Click Login
Here is a quick video on the system will work.
Note: You can configure Selenium to use any browser like Chrome, Safari, IE, etc. In this tutorial, we will use FireFox
What do you need to Install?
- Ensure you have Selenium installed on your PC. Refer this link to learn to install Selenium
- Use this link to install Python for Selenium
Code to Login into Facebook using Python
Explanation of the code
- Code line 1: From selenium module import webdriver
- Code line 2: From selenium module import Keys
- Code line 4: In this line, we are initializing "FireFox" by making an object of it.
- Code line 6: The "browser.get method" will nagivagte to a page given by the URL. WebDriver wait until the page has been completely loaded (that is, the "onload" occasion has let go), before returning control to your test or script.
- Code line 8: In this line, we are finding the element of the textbox where the "email" has to be written.
- Code line 9: In this line, we are finding the element of the textbox where the "password" has to be written.
- Code line 10: In this line, we are finding the submit button element which we need to click
- Code line 11: Now we are sending the values to the email section
- Code line 12: Sending values to the password section
- Code line 14: Click on the "Submit" button
The values of the username "guru99" and password entered.
The Facebook page will login with email and password. Page opened (see image below)
What else can I use except Selenium to login to Facebook using Python?
You can use the Facebook API to write Python Scripts to log into Facebook from your application
Is there an alternative to using Selenium for Login to Facebook using Python?
There are many alternatives to Selenium that you can check here Though some of the tools may not support Python