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:


Deprecated since version 11.3: With TYPO3 11.3 this method has been deprecated. Create a direct response using the ResponseFactory instead.


Most of the time, a proper PSR-7 Response can be passed back to the call stack (request handler). Unfortunately there might still be some places, inside the call stack, where it is not possible to directly return a PSR-7 response. In such case, a PropagateResponseException could be thrown. It will automatically be caught by a PSR-15 middleware and the given PSR-7 Response will then directly be returned.

// Before
HttpUtility::redirect('', HttpUtility::HTTP_STATUS_303);

// After

// Inject PSR-17 ResponseFactoryInterface
public function __construct(ResponseFactoryInterface $responseFactory)
   $this->responseFactory = $responseFactory

// Create redirect response
$response = $this->responseFactory
   ->withAddedHeader('location', '')

// Return Response directly
return $reponse;

// or throw PropagateResponseException
new PropagateResponseException($response);


Throwing exceptions for returning an immediate PSR-7 Response is considered as an intermediate solution only, until it’s possible to return PSR-7 responses in every relevant place. Therefore, the exception is marked as @internal and will most likely vanish again in the future.


Deprecated since version 11.3: With TYPO3 11.3 this method has been deprecated. Create a direct response using the ResponseFactory instead. See also Migration.


Deprecated since version 11.3: With TYPO3 11.3 this method has been deprecated. Create a direct response using the ResponseFactory instead. See also Migration.


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.