PHP publish Facebook

30.Jun.2010

If you want to use PHP to publish on Facebook you can use following php function:

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function publish_facebook($login_email, $login_pass, $status) {
	$debug = false;
	//CURL stuff
	//This executes the login procedure
	$ch = curl_init();
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, 'https://login.facebook.com/login.php?m&next=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2Fhome.php');
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, 'email=' . urlencode($login_email) . '&pass=' . urlencode($login_pass) . '&login=' . urlencode("Log in"));
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, 0);
	//curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, 1);
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, false);
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, "my_cookies.txt");
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE, "my_cookies.txt");
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
	//make sure you put a popular web browser here (signature for your web browser can be retrieved with 'echo $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'];'
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.12) Gecko/2009070611 Firefox/3.0.12");
	curl_exec($ch);
 
	//This executes the status update
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 0);
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, 'http://m.facebook.com/home.php');
	$page = curl_exec($ch);
 
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
	//this gets the post_form_id value
	preg_match("/input type="hidden" name="post_form_id" value="(.*?)"/", $page, $form_id);
	//we'll also need the exact name of the form processor page
	preg_match("/form action="(.*?)"/", $page, $form_num);
 
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, 'post_form_id=' . $form_id[1] . '&status=' . urlencode($status) . '&update=' . urlencode("Update status"));
	//set url to form processor page
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, 'http://m.facebook.com' . $form_num[1]);
	curl_exec($ch);
 
	if ($debug) {
		//show information regarding the request
		print_r(curl_getinfo($ch));
		echo curl_errno($ch) . '-' . curl_error($ch);
		echo "Your Facebook status seems to have been updated.";
	}
	//close the connection
	curl_close($ch);
}