Monday, November 4, 2013

Ruby: Get the redirected url using mechanize


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This example is ideal for the case when actually you want to get the url that was redirected from another url. For example you have requested for url-1, and its redirected into url-2 and then into url-3. Now you want to get the url-3 on a variable. I have provided a small mechanize code for you.


agent = Mechanize.new { |a|
a.user_agent = 'Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:24.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/24.0'
a.follow_meta_refresh = true
}

page = $agent.get("http://icfun.blogspot.com/")
page.uri.to_s



In this case it will print the blog's link itself as it doesn't have any redirection.





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