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# 58728 17-Mar-2010 23:07
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Wrote this a couple weeks ago and figured some here might be interested. It's a Python script that connects to the Telecom broadband usage meter website and reads your current usage. I've tested it on a few accounts and it's worked fine on them all.

(If the forum messes up the formatting heres the link:

Hope someone finds it useful. 



import sys, re
from mechanize import Browser
from BeautifulSoup import BeautifulSoup

# Optional: uncomment and hard code your account details here:
#myUsername = ''
#myPassword = ''

if len(sys.argv) == 3:
    username, password = sys.argv[1:]
        username, password = myUsername, myPassword
        print "usage: %s username password" % sys.argv[0]

# Browser
br = Browser()

# Load the login page:
url = '' # 26.07kb

# Select the first form:

# Fill in and submit:
br.form['USER'] = username
br.form['PASSWORD'] = password

# Navigate to the 'Current Usage Details' page:
req = br.click_link(text='Current Usage Details')
html = br.response().read()

# Load html into BeautifulSoup.
# We need to adjust the line that contains ""
# as it confuses the html interpreter.
myMassage = [(re.compile(""), lambda match: '')]
soup = BeautifulSoup(html,  markupMassage=myMassage)

# Extract some data and print:
account = soup.findAll('span')[2].string
if len(account.split(' ')[2]) != 8:
    print 'Sorry, the account must be a landline.'
    print '         Usage for:', account
    print 'Current usage plan:', soup.findAll('table')[3].findAll('td')[9].string.strip()
    print '                   ', soup.findAll('table')[3].findAll('td')[7].string
    print ''
    data = soup.findAll('table')[9].findAll('td')
    print '   Total Downloads:', data[1].string
    print '     Total Uploads:', data[3].string
    print '       Total Usage:', data[5].string

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  # 308556 17-Mar-2010 23:37
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Thanks! I might try to adapt it for another ISP or two. :)

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  # 308564 17-Mar-2010 23:56
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I should have mentioned that you'll need to install mechanize and BeautifulSoup for this script to work. Mechanize handles the browser object (links / forms / cookies etc), and BeautifulSoup makes it easy to parse the html and pull out the data.

Charles, it should be easy enough to modify for other ISPs, as long as they use html and not flash / java etc. Post back if you get anything working.


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  # 308575 18-Mar-2010 06:10
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So what does this give you, that TUC doesnt?

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  # 308644 18-Mar-2010 10:25
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What do you mean by TUC?

All this does is let you get your usage from a command line. At work I have to keep an eye on all our broadband plans so I have a script that goes through them one by one and spits out the current usage. Makes it easy to keep an eye on them.

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  # 308648 18-Mar-2010 10:38
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Lovely, thanks Tom.

A real pity XTRA don't have an API that you can adopt to make things easier.

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  # 308668 18-Mar-2010 11:02
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tomhenderson: What do you mean by TUC?

All this does is let you get your usage from a command line. At work I have to keep an eye on all our broadband plans so I have a script that goes through them one by one and spits out the current usage. Makes it easy to keep an eye on them.

TUC, is traffic usage checker. Handy little app that sits in your taskbar.

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  # 308681 18-Mar-2010 11:28
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Thats a neat little app. My machine is a mac so not an option for me though. I do use a 'Consume' which is a great iPhone app which works with xtra. You can load in all your accounts and it shows them all as progress bars.


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  # 309205 19-Mar-2010 16:23
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rscole86: So what does this give you, that TUC doesnt?

Access to the figures from a unix shell prompt? Thus making it scriptable?

Not really interesting for most people, but I think it's quite neat. Now, make it work with TCL please ;)


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  # 429270 20-Jan-2011 17:37
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Updated this recently when telecom changed their system slightly. This version now cycles through every line listed on your account, doesn't break if you have a mobile plan listed, and prints usage from previous months.

Edit: Sorry guys, this forum won't seem to let me paste code with the formatting correct (no idea how I did it last time). Since this is python it won't run if the indentation is incorrect. The script at the link in my original post is updated to what I was trying to post here.

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