What is PHP Curl Library?
Curl and its core library libcurl were created by Daniel Stenberg and allow you to interact with servers through various types of protocols, including HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and others. Libcurl supports HTTPS certificates, HTTP GET, POST, PUT, PATCH, and other HTTP methods, FTP file uploads (FTP file upload can also be done with PHP FTP extension), HTTP form based uploads, proxies, cookies, and user authentication. To use PHP Curl functions, you need to install libcurl 7.10.5 or newer and compile PHP with Curl support. The behavior of PHP Curl functions is affected by the curl.cainfo setting in the php.ini file.
What is the HTTP POST request method?
The HTTP POST request method is used to send data to the server. For example, to submit login or contact forms, to upload images, or to send JSON, XML, or PDF files to a server.
How to post requests using PHP Curl library?
To send requests using the Curl library, you must first initialize it by calling the curl_init() method. The target URL is set by calling the curl_setopt($ curl, CURLOPT_URL, $url) method. To tell PHP Curl that we want to send a POST request, we must call the curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_POST, true) method. And to pass POST data to PHP, we must call the curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $data) method. A completed example of sending a POST request with PHP Curl library looks like this:
CURL-less method for sending POST requests using PHP
The PHP stream_context_create() method can be used to send POST requests without Curl. It is not as powerful or simple as Curl, but it may be more convenient in some situations. In order to send a POST request with PHP stream functions, you need to create an $options object with the required POST headers and POST message body and pass it to the stream_context_create(). Then you can get the POST response data from the server by calling the PHP file_get_contents() method. A completed example of sending a POST request with PHP stream functions looks like this:
How to post JSON using PHP?
To send JSON data to the server, you must provide a Content-Type: application/json request header and provide the JSON data in the body of the POST message. The Content-Type header allows the server to correctly interpret and process the received data.
How to post XML using PHP?
To post an XML data to
the server, you must provide a Content-Type: application/xml request header and provide the XML data in the body of the POST message.
How to post HTML Form using PHP?
HTML forms can be submitted with a Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded request header and form data can be provided as key=value pairs, as shown in the example below.