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Reading json input in php

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


php://input is working properly in localhost. But in server it returns empty.
Input( request ) to my site is a json(REST – application/json type), so $_POST didn’t work ( please read This question ) .

$_POST works with key-value pair type inputs like form-data or x-www-urlencoded


I’m using application/json as input (in REST).

Like {‘key1′:’value1′,’key2′:’value2′,’key3′:’value3’}

This can’t be handled using $_POST. But using php://input can help to read that data.

My code

class Webservice_Controller extends CI_Controller {
    public $json_input_data;
    public function __construct(){
        $this->json_input_data = json_decode(file_get_contents('php://input'),TRUE);
    public function json_input($label){
        if(isset($this->json_input_data[$label])) return $this->json_input_data[$label];
        else return NULL;

Above code is works fine in another webserver also, But not in the current one. 🙁

I think my web server deny access to php://input.

Is there is any other methods to read json input in php ?

How to&Answers:

php://input is a read-only stream that allows you to read raw data
from the request body. In the case of POST requests, it is preferable
to use php://input instead of $HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA as it does not
depend on special php.ini directives. Moreover, for those cases where
$HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA is not populated by default, it is a potentially
less memory intensive alternative to activating
always_populate_raw_post_data. php://input is not available with

See wrappers

Try this too,

  public function __construct(){
    else echo 'Not Post';

Also check for allow_url_fopen.


I know this is old, but it might help others:

Careful with single quotes inside your json

From the PHP documentation about json_decode:

the name and value must be enclosed in double quotes
single quotes are not valid 

$bad_json = "{ 'bar': 'baz' }";
json_decode($bad_json); // null