"posting form fields with same name attribute" Answer’s


No. Only the last input element will be available.

If you want multiple inputs with the same name use name="foo[]" for the input name attribute. $_POST will then contain an array for foo with all values from the input elements.

<form method="post">
    <input name="a[]" value="foo"/>
    <input name="a[]" value="bar"/>
    <input name="a[]" value="baz"/>
    <input type="submit" />

See the HTML reference at Sitepoint.

The reason why $_POST will only contain the last value if you don't use [] is because PHP will basically just explode and foreach over the raw query string to populate $_POST. When it encounters a name/value pair that already exists, it will overwrite the previous one.

However, you can still access the raw query string like this:

$rawQueryString = file_get_contents('php://input'))

Assuming you have a form like this:

<form method="post">
    <input type="hidden" name="a" value="foo"/>
    <input type="hidden" name="a" value="bar"/>
    <input type="hidden" name="a" value="baz"/>
    <input type="submit" />

the $rawQueryString will then contain a=foo&a=bar&a=baz.

You can then use your own logic to parse this into an array. A naive approach would be

$post = array();
foreach (explode('&', file_get_contents('php://input')) as $keyValuePair) {
    list($key, $value) = explode('=', $keyValuePair);
    $post[$key][] = $value;

which would then give you an array of arrays for each name in the query string.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
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