There are ways to send a POST request to a page, between the more usual HTML submit a form

Assuming that you want to send information to another page, you would do the following:

PHP Code

<form name='ViniciusTest' method='POST' action='make_action.php'>
<input type='hidden' name='field1' value='Value1'>
<input type='text' name='field2'>
<input type='text' name='field3'>
<input type='submit'>

But what if you wanted to send it directly by PHP without passing it by the user accessing the application?

I’ve seen a lot of “ workaround ” to do such a simple thing, the company where I am now (Netmake ), it’s incredible imagination to do so.

Well, there are several ways to do this, not saying that there is the right and wrong … but there are certainly simple.

Simple Shapes

The same as the above HTML code would submit, you could use the code:

$content = http_build_query (array (
'field1' => 'Value1',
'field2' => 'Value2',
'field3' => 'Value3'

$context = stream_context_create (array (
'http' => array (
'method' => 'POST',
'content' => $content,

$result = file_get_contents('http://exemplo/make_action.php', null, $context); 

Explaining the code

The first line code

 $content = http_build_query(array(

, the http_build_query says as php Gera’s own documentation the query string (query) in URL format , in short, the function will transform an array of data, in a form of query, in case it would be something like:


In the sixth line we find the stream_context_create , we will create a streaming context, ie the request will prepare the same way as is done by the browser before sending to php when we submit the form.

And finally the file_get_contents , one of my favorite features in php (already swept much to her site). She will make the request for the page, in case http://exemplo/make_action.php , sending the generated context in stream_context_create , and will take the output of the page and putting in $ variable result;

Simple huh? This is my favorite way, however there are others, if you are interested search for curl

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