PHP file_get_contents('php://input') always returns empty

Hi, I’m new to serverless functions on digital ocean.

I’m trying to read the JSON body of a POST request from a function in an DO App. The app is building correctly and the endpoints work.

file_get_contents(‘php://input’) is what is usually used to get the content.

Has anyone here successfully read JSON from a post request on DO Apps?

Is there something I am missing ? is file_get_contents() not available?

ps > $_POST is also empty.

Thanks in advance.


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Bobby Iliev
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August 26, 2022

Hi there,

I believe that you should be able to just use the function arguments, for example:

function main(array $args) : array
    return ["body" => $args];

The following function should contain all of your required data, if you were to make a POST request you would get the following response:

  • Request example:
curl -X POST https://your_function_host_here -H "Content-Type: application/json"  -d '{"name": "Bobby"}'
  • You would get the following response:
  "__ow_headers": {
    "accept": "*/*",
    "accept-encoding": "gzip",
    "cdn-loop": "cloudflare",
    "cf-connecting-ip": "",
    "cf-ipcountry": "US",
    "cf-ray": "someidhere-SOF",
    "cf-visitor": "{\"scheme\":\"https\"}",
    "content-type": "application/json",
    "host": "ccontroller",
    "user-agent": "curl/7.79.1",
    "x-forwarded-for": "",
    "x-forwarded-proto": "https",
    "x-request-id": "some_request_here"
  "__ow_method": "post",
  "__ow_path": "",
  "name": "Bobby"

So, let’s say you wanted to access the name value only, you could do the following:

function main(array $args) : array
    $name = $args["name"] ?? "stranger";
    $greeting = "Hello $name!";
    echo $greeting;
    return ["body" => $greeting];

Hope that this helps.



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