RAW POST using cURL in PHP


How can I do a RAW POST in PHP using cURL?

Raw post as in without any encoding, and my data is stored in a string. The data should be formatted like this:

... usual HTTP header ...
Content-Length: 1039
Content-Type: text/plain

89c5fdataasdhf kajshfd akjshfksa hfdkjsa falkjshfsa
ajshd fkjsahfd lkjsahflksahfdlkashfhsadkjfsalhfd
ajshdfhsafiahfiuwhflsf this is just data from a string
more data kjahfdhsakjfhsalkjfdhalksfd

One option is to manually write the entire HTTP header being sent, but that seems less optimal.

Anyway, can I just pass options to curl_setopt() that say use POST, use text/plain, and send the raw data from a $variable?

6/22/2014 7:16:52 AM

Accepted Answer

I just found the solution, kind of answering to my own question in case anyone else stumbles upon it.

$ch = curl_init();

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL,            "http://url/url/url" );
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1 );
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST,           1 );
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS,     "body goes here" ); 
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER,     array('Content-Type: text/plain')); 

$result=curl_exec ($ch);
5/16/2009 1:36:41 AM

Implementation with Guzzle library:

use GuzzleHttp\Client;
use GuzzleHttp\RequestOptions;

$httpClient = new Client();

$response = $httpClient->post(
        RequestOptions::BODY => 'POST raw request content',
        RequestOptions::HEADERS => [
            'Content-Type' => 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded',


PHP CURL extension:

$curlHandler = curl_init();

curl_setopt_array($curlHandler, [
    CURLOPT_URL => 'https://postman-echo.com/post',

     * Specify POST method
    CURLOPT_POST => true,

     * Specify request content
    CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS => 'POST raw request content',

$response = curl_exec($curlHandler);



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