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Submitting forms on .ASPX pages

Apify users sometimes need to submit a form on pages created with ASP.NET (URL typically ends with .aspx). These pages have a different approach for how they submit forms and navigate through pages.

This tutorial shows you how to handle these kinds of pages. This approach is based on a blog post from Todd Hayton, where he explains how crawlers for ASP.NET pages should work.

First of all, you need to copy&paste this function to your Web Scraper Page function:

const enqueueAspxForm = async function(request, formSelector, submitButtonSelector, async) {
    request.payload = $(formSelector).serialize();
    if ($(submitButtonSelector).length) {
        request.payload += decodeURIComponent("&"+$(submitButtonSelector).attr("name") + "=" + $(submitButtonSelector).attr("value"));
    request.payload += decodeURIComponent("&__ASYNCPOST="+async.toString());
    request.method = "POST";
    request.uniqueKey = Math.random();
    await context.enqueueRequest(request);
    return request;

The function has these parameters:

request - the object that describes the next request

formSelector - selector for a form to be submitted e.g 'form[name="test"]'

submitButtonSelector - selector for a button for submit form e.g. '#nextPageButton'

async - if true, request returns only params not HTML content

Then you can use it in your Page function as follows:

await enqueueAspxForm({
        url: "",
        userData: { label: "SEARCH-RESULT" }
    }, 'form[name="aspnetForm"]', '#ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_btnSearch', false);