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HTTP Request Library / Guzzle / PSR-7

Since TYPO3 CMS 8.1 the PHP library Guzzle has been added via composer dependency to work as a feature rich solution for creating HTTP requests based on the PSR-7 interfaces already used within TYPO3.

Guzzle auto-detects available underlying adapters available on the system, like cURL or stream wrappers and chooses the best solution for the system.

A TYPO3-specific PHP class called \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Http\RequestFactory has been added as a simplified wrapper to access Guzzle clients.

All options available under $GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS'][HTTP] are automatically applied to the Guzzle clients when using the RequestFactory class. The options are a subset to the available options on Guzzle ( but can further be extended.

Existing $GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS'][HTTP] options have been removed and/or migrated to the new Guzzle-compliant options.

A full documentation for Guzzle can be found at

Although Guzzle can handle Promises/A+ and asynchronous requests, it currently acts as a drop-in replacement for the previous mixed options and implementations within GeneralUtility::getUrl() and a PSR-7-based API for HTTP requests.

The existing TYPO3-specific wrapper GeneralUtility::getUrl() now uses Guzzle under the hood automatically for remote files, removing the need to configure settings based on certain implementations like stream wrappers or cURL directly.

Basic Usage

The RequestFactory class can be used like this:

use Psr\Http\Message\RequestFactoryInterface;

/** @var RequestFactoryInterface */
private $requestFactory;

// Initiate the Request Factory, which allows to run multiple requests (prefer dependency injection)
public function __construct(RequestFactoryInterface $requestFactory)
   $this->requestFactory = $requestFactory;

public function handle()
   $url = '';
   $additionalOptions = [
      // Additional headers for this specific request
      'headers' => ['Cache-Control' => 'no-cache'],
      // Additional options, see
      'allow_redirects' => false,
      'cookies' => true,
   // Return a PSR-7 compliant response object
   $response = $this->requestFactory->request($url, 'GET', $additionalOptions);
   // Get the content as a string on a successful request
   if ($response->getStatusCode() === 200) {
      if (strpos($response->getHeaderLine('Content-Type'), 'text/html') === 0) {
         $content = $response->getBody()->getContents();

A POST request can be achieved with:

$additionalOptions = [
   'body' => 'Your raw post data',
   // OR form data:
   'form_params' => [
      'first_name' => 'Hans',
      'last_name' => 'Dampf',
$response = $this->requestFactory->request($url, 'POST', $additionalOptions);

Extension authors are advised to use the RequestFactory class instead of using the Guzzle API directly in order to ensure a clear upgrade path when updates to the underlying API need to be done.


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Custom Middleware Handlers

Guzzle will accept a stack of custom middleware handlers, which can be configured using $GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']. If a custom configuration is given, the default handler stack is extended, but overridden.

# Add custom middleware to default Guzzle handler stack
$GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['HTTP']['handler'][] =
$GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['HTTP']['handler'][] =

HTTP Utility Methods

TYPO3 provides a small set of helper methods related to HTTP Requests in the class HttpUtility:


Sends a redirect header response and exits. Additionally the URL is checked and if needed corrected to match the format required for a Location redirect header. By default the HTTP status code sent is HTTP/1.1 303 See Other.


Set a specific response code like 404. Response codes should be taken from the HttpUtility class constants - for example HttpUtility::HTTP_STATUS_404.


Set a specific response code like 404 and exit directly. Response codes should be taken from the HttpUtility class constants - for example HttpUtility::HTTP_STATUS_404.


Builds a URL string from an array with the URL parts, as e.g. output by parse_url().


The method buildQueryString() is an enhancement to the PHP function http_build_query(). It implodes multidimensional parameter arrays and properly encodes parameter names as well as values to a valid query string. with an optional prepend of ? or &.

If the query is not empty, ? or & are prepended in the correct sequence. Empty parameters are skipped.


Compatibility layer for PHP versions running ICU 4.4, as the constant INTL_IDNA_VARIANT_UTS46 is only available as of ICU 4.6.


Once PHP 7.4 is the minimum requirement, this method will vanish without further notice as it is recommended to use the native method instead, when working against a modern environment.