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How to create a Python Rest API call to Firewall for url filtering

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Last Modified: 2014-02-11
Hi Guys,

I'm new to Python but i really want to figure out how to implement this solution in a desktop or preferably Python web GUI. I need to create a simple Python GUI application that will tap into my Firewall's API which I already have. The GUI will have a simple line to enter a url that needs to be blocked. Once the user enters it they press enter and the api below is executed: for a site named www.badsite.com

http(s)://hostname/api/?type=config&action=set&xpath=/config/devices/entry/vsys/entry[@name='vsys1']/pro files/url-filtering/entry[@name='xml test']/block-list&element=<member>www.badsite.com</member>

How would I get this into a GUI and how can I call the API?

I'm familiar with bash and with it I can get user input like

What is the site to be blocked?
get input
block = badsite2.bad.com

Then I can append block as a variable into the API call as seen below:

http(s)://hostname/api/?type=config&action=set&xpath=/config/devices/entry/vsys/entry[@name='vsys1']/pro files/url-filtering/entry[@name='xml test']/block-list&element=<member>$Block</member>

I want the http post to be executed when the user presses the "enter button" Here is what I'm thinking.

import urllib2
import urlparse

Block_url = raw_input("Enter URL to be blocked: ")

url = "http(s)://hostname/api/?type=config&action=set&xpath=/config/devices/entry/vsys/entry[@name='vsys1']/pro files/url-filtering/entry[@name='xml test']/block-list&element=<member> + Block_url </member>"
try:
  result = urllib2.urlopen(url)
except urllib2.URLError, e:
  handleError(e)

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