[wp-hackers] making new post using cURL

Dion Hulse (dd32) wordpress at dd32.id.au
Wed Nov 4 08:31:55 UTC 2009

My solution to this would be to use a PHP-CLI script..

php-cli /path/to/script.php

include 'PATH/TO/WP/wp-blog-header.php';

wp_insert_post( array( blahb blah blah) );

//Call some plugin function here to add needed data


You're wasting your time scripting it by HTTP, just run the PHP directly  
and set anything that needs setting. The PHP way is going to work in the  
future when WP changes the admin pages and/or the plugin changes is UI.

On Wed, 04 Nov 2009 19:19:52 +1100, Chris Dawson <xrdawson at gmail.com>  

> Chris,
> Thanks for the response.
> I have looked at and successfully made a post using the XML-RPC feature  
> of
> Wordpress.  However, the reason this did not work for me is that I need  
> to
> add a parameter to the post for a plugin (specifically the Blubrry
> Powerpress plugin).  I don't believe there is a way to add data for use  
> by a
> plugin using the XML-RPC call, right?  I tried adding the parameter I
> needed, and it did not work, so I assume the XML-RPC call has a limited  
> set
> of parameters it will accept.
> I've looked at this from various ways, implementing a hook inside my own
> plugin to do something when a new post is created using add_filter, etc.
> The problem is that the Powerpress plugin is pretty hairy and I have no
> clear idea after looking through the source what the process is to  
> create an
> enclosure and which functions to call.  The easiest thing, in my mind,  
> was
> to make a post using cURL with this parameter passed in
> "Powerpress[podcast][url]=someUrlToAnMp3".  That is what the Wordpress  
> page
> looks for and the Powerpress plugin does the right thing when something  
> is
> posted in that format.
> I'm not opposed to doing it another way, but this is my dilemma.  Any  
> ideas?
> Thanks,
> Chris
>> I don't believe that it is possible to do what you want in the method
>> that you are attempting. The nonces will defeat you, and if they don't
>> immediately, they will render your script useless within a short period
>> of time. In addition, this is just working too hard to do something that
>> already has a simple to use interface.
>> You should look in the XMLRPC functionality of sending data to
>> WordPress. There's a good rundown of this method at the following link:
>> http://www.nickycakes.com/post-to-wordpress-remotely-with-xmlrpc-in-php/
>> You could easily wrap this into a small PHP script that you could call
>> from the command line.
>> Chris Jean
>> http://gaarai.com/
>> http://wp-roadmap.com/
> On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 6:58 PM, Chris Dawson <xrdawson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm trying to make a new post into Wordpress using the command line cURL
>> tool.  I've looked at the source of the post-new.php page to see the
>> variables listed and have sniffed the request when I make a post in  
>> Firefox
>> using Firebug.  However, there are a bunch of parameters and I cannot  
>> figure
>> out which are required and which are not, and I'd like to make my  
>> request as
>> slim as possible.  Does anyone have a working example of how to do  
>> this, or
>> know which parameters are required in the request?  I'm also confused  
>> if the
>> _wpnonce is necessary.
>> This is what I have so far, which successfully logs in and stores the  
>> auth
>> cookie, but the rest of the request fails.
>> #!/bin/sh
>> url="http://mywordpressurl.com"
>> login_url="$url/wp-login.php"
>> new_post_url='$url/wp-admin/post-new.php'
>> name="foobar"
>> pwd='barfoo'
>> button='wp-submit'
>> cookies="cookies.txt"
>> create_post () {
>>     curl -s -L -c $cookies -d "pwd=$pwd" -d "log=$name" -d
>> "wp-submit=Log%20In" "$login_url"
>>     curl -s -b $cookies -d "post_type=post" -d 'post_title=Hey there' -d
>> 'content=Yeah, this is a new post' "$new_post_url"
>> }
>> create_post
>> --
>> Chris Dawson
>> 971-533-8335

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