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If you're looking for a swiss knife to acces, test, to expand content or get reports from your WebGUI server or if you like to use the browser functions from within a program, have a look at WWW::Mechanize.

It has a bunch of functions and also provides a shell (WWW::Mechanize::Shell) which could write scripts for you.

With a few commands you can login, fetch, search and also add or edit assets.

The following text contains some examples:

use strict;
use warnings;

use WWW::Mechanize;

#-------------------------- my credentials
my $url = "http://your_website/";
my $username = "admin";
my $password = "XXXXX";

# functions to use
my $start="?op=auth;method=init";
my $adminon="?op=switchOnAdmin";

my $add_a_prototype="/your_path?func=add;class=WebGUI::Asset::Wobject::Article;prototype=hnJg91aqV4xjHA5w1OzBAQ";
my $mech = WWW::Mechanize->new( autocheck => 1 );

# get the login startpage

# login
$mech->field("username" => $username);
$mech->field("identifier" => $password);

# admin on

#------------------------------------------ some examples

# have a look at the last news article
$mech->follow_link( url_regex => qr/news/i );
print $mech->content(format=>'text');

# get a link list ( each link is a WWW::Mechanize::Link object )
my @link = $mech->links();
# list the add-links
for my $i (0..$#link){
    next unless $link[$i]->url() =~ /func=add/;
    print $link[$i]->url()."        ";
    print $link[$i]->text()."\n";
# add a prototype
$mech->field("title","TEST MECHANIZE");


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