TYPO3 request object

The TYPO3 request object is an implementation of the PSR-7 based \Psr\Http\Message\ServerRequestInterface containing TYPO3-specific attributes.

Getting the PSR-7 request object

The PSR-7 based request object is available in most contexts. In some scenarios, like PSR-15 middlewares or backend module controllers, the PSR-7 base request object is given as argument to the called method.

Extbase controller

New in version 11.3.

The request object compatible with the PSR-7 \Psr\Http\Message\ServerRequestInterface is available in an Extbase controller via the class property $this->request:

use Psr\Http\Message\ResponseInterface;
use TYPO3\CMS\Extbase\Mvc\Controller\ActionController;

final class MyController extends ActionController
    // ...

    public function myAction(): ResponseInterface
        // ...

        // Retrieve the language attribute via the request object
        $language = $this->request->getAttribute('language');

        // ...


Prior to TYPO3 v11.3, a custom Extbase request object is available that does not adhere to the PSR-7 standard. If you want to stay compatible with TYPO3 v10 and TYPO3 v11 you have to use the global variable.


In a ViewHelper you can get the rendering request from the rendering context. For this you have to rely on the fact that a TYPO3\CMS\Fluid\Core\Rendering\RenderingContext is passed to the ViewHelpers renderStatic method, even though it is declared as RenderingContextInterface, which does not have the method:



namespace MyVendor\MyExtension\ViewHelpers;

use TYPO3\CMS\Fluid\Core\Rendering\RenderingContext;
use TYPO3Fluid\Fluid\Core\Rendering\RenderingContextInterface;
use TYPO3Fluid\Fluid\Core\ViewHelper\AbstractViewHelper;

final class MyViewHelper extends AbstractViewHelper
    public static function renderStatic(array $arguments, \Closure $renderChildrenClosure, RenderingContextInterface $renderingContext): string
        /** @var RenderingContext $renderingContext */
        $request = $renderingContext->getRequest();

Note, that RenderingContext::getRequest() is internal and subject to change in future versions of TYPO3.

User function

In a TypoScript user function the request object is available as third parameter of the called class method:

use Psr\Http\Message\ServerRequestInterface;

final class MyUserFunction
    public function doSomething(
        string $content,
        array $conf,
        ServerRequestInterface $request
    ): string {
        // ...

        // Retrieve the language attribute via the request object
        $language = $request->getAttribute('language');

        // ...

Data processor

A data processor receives a reference to the \TYPO3\CMS\Frontend\ContentObject\ContentObjectRenderer as first argument for the process() method. This object provides a getRequest() method:

use TYPO3\CMS\Frontend\ContentObject\ContentObjectRenderer;
use TYPO3\CMS\Frontend\ContentObject\DataProcessorInterface;

final class MyProcessor implements DataProcessorInterface
    public function process(
        ContentObjectRenderer $cObj,
        array $contentObjectConfiguration,
        array $processorConfiguration,
        array $processedData
    ): array {
        $request = $cObj->getRequest();

        // ...

Last resort: global variable

TYPO3 provides the request object also in the global variable $GLOBALS['TYPO3_REQUEST']. Whenever it is possible the request should be retrieved within the contexts described above. But this is not always possible by now.

When using the global variable, it should be wrapped into a getter method:

// use Psr\Http\Message\ServerRequestInterface;

private function getRequest(): ServerRequestInterface
    return $GLOBALS['TYPO3_REQUEST'];

This way, it is only referenced once. It can be cleaned up later easily when the request object is made available in that context in a future TYPO3 version.


Attributes enriches the request with further information. TYPO3 provides attributes which can be used in custom implementations.

The attributes can be retrieved via

// Get all available attributes
$allAttributes = $request->getAttributes();

// Get only a specific attribute, here the site entity in frontend context
$site = $request->getAttribute('site');

The request object is also available as a global variable in $GLOBALS['TYPO3_REQUEST']. This is a workaround for the Core which has to access the server parameters at places where $request is not available. So, while this object is globally available during any HTTP request, it is considered bad practice to use this global object, if the request is accessible in another, official way. The global object is scheduled to vanish at a later point once the code has been refactored enough to not rely on it anymore.

The following attributes are available in frontend context:

The following attributes are available in backend context: