What’s the difference between POST and raw POST in PHP

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We can divide form submissions in three cases:

  1. Submissions with content type application/x-www-form-urlencoded
  2. Submissions with content type multipart/form-data
  3. Other submissions.

In cases 1 and 3, $HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA contains the raw post data (except if the option isalways_populate_raw_post_data is set to false, in which case $HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA is empty in case 1), i.e., the data exactly as the client (usually the browser) has sent it. In case, 1, the data has a form such as


PHP automatically parses this, so that $_POST becomes:

$_POST = array(
    "key1" => "value1",
    "key2" => "value2",
    "key3" => array("value3.1", "value3.2");

The contents of the raw data can also be access through php://input, even in case 1 whenalways_populate_raw_post_data is set to false. In particular,file_get_contents("php://input") gives the same data $HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA has or would have.

In case 3, in which the POST data is arbitrary, $_POST will be an empty array and$HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA will always be populated.

Case 2 is a special one. In that case, PHP will parse the data and $_POST will get the content of the fields which are not uploaded files, but php://input and $HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA will be unavailable.

To get the Raw Post Data:

<?php $postdata = file_get_contents(“php://input”); ?>