Request & Input

Request & Input

# Basic Input

You may access all user input with a few simple methods. You do not need to worry about the HTTP verb for the request when using the Input facade, as input is accessed in the same way for all verbs. The global input helper function is an alias for Input::get.

# Retrieving an Input Value

$name = Input::get('name');

$name = input('name');

# Retrieving a Default Value if the Input Value is Absent

$name = Input::get('name', 'Sally');

# Determining if an Input Value is Present

if (Input::has('name')) {

# Getting All Input for the Request

$input = Input::all();

# Getting Only Some of the Request Input

$input = Input::only('username', 'password');

$input = Input::except('credit_card');

When working on forms with "array" inputs, you may use dot notation to access the arrays:

$input = Input::get('');

Some JavaScript libraries such as Backbone may send input to the application as JSON. You may access this data via Input::get like normal.

# Cookies

By default, all cookies created by the October CMS are encrypted and signed with an authentication code, meaning they will be considered invalid if they have been changed by the client. Cookies named in the system.unencrypt_cookies config key will not be encrypted.

$value = Cookie::get('name');
$response = Response::make('Hello World');

$response->withCookie(Cookie::make('name', 'value', $minutes));

If you would like to set a cookie before a response has been created, use the Cookie::queue method. The cookie will automatically be attached to the final response from your application.

Cookie::queue($name, $value, $minutes);
$cookie = Cookie::forever('name', 'value');

# Handling Cookies Without Encryption

If you don't want some cookies to be encrypted or decrypted, you can specify them in configuration. This is useful, for example, when you want to pass data from frontend to server side backend via cookies, and vice versa.

Add names of the cookies that should not be encrypted or decrypted to unencrypt_cookies parameter in the config/system.php configuration file.

'unencrypt_cookies' => [

Alternatively for plugins, you can also add these dynamically from Plugin.php of your plugin.

public function boot()
    Config::push('system.unencrypt_cookies', 'my_cookie');

# Old Input

You may need to keep input from one request until the next request. For example, you may need to re-populate a form after checking it for validation errors.

# Flashing Input to the Session


# Flashing Only Some Input to the Session

Input::flashOnly('username', 'email');


Since you often will want to flash input in association with a redirect to the previous page, you may easily chain input flashing onto a redirect.

return Redirect::to('form')->withInput();

return Redirect::to('form')->withInput(Input::except('password'));

You may flash other data across requests using the Session class.

# Retrieving Old Data

Fetch individual input value.


Fetch all old input values.

$data = Input::old();

# Files

You can retrieve uploaded files from the request using the file method on the Input facade or the global files() helper.

$file = Input::file('photo');

$file = files('photo');

To determine if a file is present on the request, use the hasFile method.

if (Input::hasFile('photo')) {

In addition to checking if the file is present, you may verify that there were no problems uploading the file via the isValid method.

if ($file->isValid()) {

The returned file object has a variety of methods related to the uploaded file.

Method Name Purpose
move($destinationPath, $fileName) Moves the uploaded file to a local path
store($folder, $disk) Stores the file using the storage service.
storeAs($folder, $name, $disk) Stores the file with a specific name using the storage service.
extension() Guesses the extension based on the file contents
getRealPath() Returns the local path
getClientOriginalName() Returns the original name
getClientOriginalExtension() Returns the original extension
getSize() Returns the size
getMimeType() Returns the MIME type

An example of moving an uploaded file.


$file->move($destinationPath, $fileName);

Examples of storing an uploaded file in a folder (first argument) and an optional disk (second argument).


$file->store($folder, 's3');

The folder names media, resources, uploads or public are reserved.

Examples of storeAs storing the file with a custom disk name (second argument). The storePubliclyAs stores the file with public visibility.

$file->storeAs($folder, 'avatar');

$file->storeAs($folder, 'avatar', 's3');

$file->storePublicly($folder, 's3');

$file->storePubliclyAs($folder, 'avatar', 's3');

An example of retrieving the path to an uploaded file.

$path = $file->getRealPath();

An example of retrieving the original name of an uploaded file.

$name = $file->getClientOriginalName();

Retrieving the extension of an uploaded file.

$extension = $file->getClientOriginalExtension();

Retrieving the size of an uploaded file.

$size = $file->getSize();

Retrieving the MIME type of an uploaded file.

$mime = $file->getMimeType();

# Request Information

The Request class provides many methods for examining the HTTP request for your application and extends the Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request class. Here are some of the highlights.

# Retrieving the Request URI

$uri = Request::path();

# Retrieving the Request Method

$method = Request::method();

if (Request::isMethod('post')) {

# Determining if the Request Path Matches a Pattern

if (Request::is('admin/*')) {

# Get the Request URL

$url = Request::url();

# Retrieve a Request URI Segment

$segment = Request::segment(1);

# Retrieving a Request Header

$value = Request::header('Content-Type');

# Retrieving Values from $_SERVER

$value = Request::server('PATH_INFO');

# Determining if the Request is Over HTTPS

if (Request::secure()) {

# Determine if the Request is Using AJAX

if (Request::ajax()) {

# Determine if the Request has JSON Content Type

if (Request::isJson()) {

# Determine if the Request is Asking for JSON

if (Request::wantsJson()) {

# Checking the Requested Response Format

The Request::format method will return the requested response format based on the HTTP Accept header:

if (Request::format() == 'json') {