3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 12, 2017 7:59 AM by beverly

    Automating filling out a website form

    cbuck

      I have a web-site form with a provider that I fill out regularly. Is there a way to have Filemaker fill out the form with Filemaker data.

        • 1. Re: Automating filling out a website form
          fmpdude

          If you're using an "active" server technology like JSP (Java) or ASP.NET, or other HTTP-enabled technology, you could write code on the server side to populate forms with Request data received. Then, from FMP, you do an INSERT FROM URL and pass the form variables you want to display.

           

          I haven't tested this in .NET, but in Java, it would be a straightforward task (JSP, Servlet or framework like Spring).

           

          Depending on the configuration (Intra-vs-Internet), you would need extra validation for incoming Requests.

          • 2. Re: Automating filling out a website form
            mdenyse

            Depending on the site and how the form works, you might be able to use Insert From URL and POST the Data straight from FileMaker. No need (perhaps) to use any server side code.

            • 3. Re: Automating filling out a website form
              beverly

              Yes it does depend if the "receiving" web site allows passing the values (with POST or GET) and will have a method to populate the form fields. Some will block such an action. It prevents the spammers and non-human "posters" and malicious hackers.

              Beverly