How to POST data from VBA

Hi experts,

I'm trying to POST data from an MS Access application to a php page on my website and I just can't get it working. Has anyone a simple but working example of how to use FollowHyperlink with msoMethodPost (or any other POSTing technique)?

What I'm trying to achieve is that users can automatically log-in into the bugtracker at The application knows the uid & password and should launch the browser when clicked on the "report a bug" button.

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Leigh PurvisDatabase DeveloperCommented:
Is there not a simple querystring that is appended to this?

Alternatively (and somewhat more neatly) you can use the MSXML library to make posts to an address.
There's no string limit then either (though I strongly suspect that isn't an issue for you here ;-)
Leigh PurvisDatabase DeveloperCommented:
Add a reference to the MSXML library - version 3 or newer
Then something like


strAddress = ""
strPost = "UN=" & strUN & "&PW=" & strPW
With req
    .Open "POST", strAddress, False
    .setRequestHeader "Content-Type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded" '"text/xml"
    .Send strPost
End With
altiplanoAuthor Commented:
>> Is there not a simple querystring that is appended to this?

Unfortunately not. I could probably rewrite login.php as to also accept the query string, but since I didn't develop the bugtracker I'm a bit hesistant to do that. I would rather POST the data if possible.

Do you have an example using the MSXML library?

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Something like this:

You need references set to:
Microsoft Internet Controls
Microsoft HTML Onject Library

    Dim ie As SHDocVw.InternetExplorer
    Dim h As MSHTML.HTMLDocument
    Set ie = New SHDocVw.InternetExplorer
    ie.Navigate2 ""
    While ie.Busy
    Set h = ie.Document
    h.Forms("login_form").Item("username").Value = "myUserName"
    h.Forms("login_form").Item("Password").Value = "myPassword"

    ie.Visible = True


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Leigh PurvisDatabase DeveloperCommented:
Ha - Dave's just got in there before I posted a link to that kind of example!

Oh well - there you have it :-)
There weren't any posts when I started to try remember how to do it :P

Didn't know about the MSXML Lib being able to do such things.. :D
altiplanoAuthor Commented:
Gosh, and people really complain about Experts-Exchange being too expensive? You just saved me a years worth of subscription fees to EE!

Thanks a 10^6, now I can go off for a relaxed lunch :-)
>now I can go off for a relaxed lunch :-)
That sounds like a plan.. A pint or 3 it is :D
altiplanoAuthor Commented:
>> That sounds like a plan.. A pint or 3 it is :D

Yep, 3 pints for me as well :D
Leigh PurvisDatabase DeveloperCommented:
"people really complain about Experts-Exchange being too expensive" ??

They do?
altiplanoAuthor Commented:
> They do?
> Sheesh.

Well, not directly. But just for a laugh, do a search for "I only have points". You'll literally find hundreds of questions with some variation on "I have this very urgent an complicated question but only 25 points. Please help". If it really is this important and urgent just shell out the $10, which in my opinion is still a steal. I probably could have figured out this question myself, but it would have taken me, say, 4 hours to get it working. Now I got an excellent answer in less than 15 miutes.
Leigh PurvisDatabase DeveloperCommented:
Yeah - I am probably guilty of taking pity on those that report being low on points - but unless they're very poor (in which case then excellent that I've helped) then it isn't a huge ask.
I suppose the thing for those questioners to bear in mind is that the cost of EE must be kept out of mind when dealing with the experts.
We do it entirely separately of all those shenanigans.

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altiplanoAuthor Commented:
Since I've got your attention now :) do you have any idea how I can maximize the IE window once it's opened (or do you want me to open a new question for this)?
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