Using the following code I experienced some problems: Login works but every link in the dashboard I will click will follow into the 404 not found page. It seems that there won't be a working session created?


$postdata = "log=". $username ."&pwd=". $password ."&wp-submit=Log%20In&redirect_to=". $url ."wp-admin/&testcookie=1";
$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url . "wp-login.php");
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20070725 Firefox/");
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 60);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, 1);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, $cookie);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_REFERER, $url . "wp-admin/");
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $postdata);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
$result = curl_exec ($ch);
echo $result;

3 Answers 3


Not sure its a session issue, i think it has to do with the fact that WordPress Dashboard uses relative links.

A quick hackish fix would be to add

curl_setopt($ch,CURL_COOKIEFILE, '');  // Enables session support

Then, add this after closing the curl handler redirect to the actual dashbard location:

header('location: blog/wordpress/wp-admin/');

@Bainternet...good answer, I have tried your way and there are some error which I want to comment

curl_setopt($ch,CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE,'cookie.txt'); missed OPT

and for redirection it is adding above url and to avoid that you can use


here u can provide redirect url as per your need to any part of wordpress admin page.


Here is the code that worked for me:

The key change is that I removed the parameter called "testcookie" from my post string.

Note: add your website instead of "mywordpress" and username and password in the below code

$curl = curl_init();

//---------------- generic cURL settings start ----------------
$header     = array(
      "Referer: https://mywordpress/wp-login.php",
"Origin: https://mywordpress",
"Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded",
"Cache-Control: no-cache",
"Pragma: no-cache",
"Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8",
"User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_15_3) AppleWebKit/605.1.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/13.0.5 Safari/605.1.15"

curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $header);
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, 0);
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, 0);
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, 'Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_15_3) AppleWebKit/605.1.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/13.0.5 Safari/605.1.15');
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_AUTOREFERER, true);
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, 1);
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_COOKIESESSION, true);
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE, 'cookies.txt');
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, 'cookies.txt');
//---------------- generic cURL settings end ----------------

$url = 'https://mywordpress/wp-login.php';
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_URL, $url);

$post = 'log=username&pwd=password&wp-submit=Log+In&redirect_to=https%3A%2F% mywordpress%2Fwp-admin%2F';
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_POST, TRUE);
curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $post);

$output = curl_exec($curl);

curl_close ($curl);

echo ($output)

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.