Christian Hansen


HTTP::MultiPartParser - HTTP MultiPart Parser


    $parser = HTTP::MultiPartParser->new(
        boundary  => $boundary,
        on_header => $on_header,
        on_body   => $on_body,
    while ($octets = read_octets_from_body()) {


This class provides a low-level API for processing MultiPart MIME data streams conforming to MultiPart types as defined in RFC 2616.

IMPORTANT: This is an early release intended primarily for feedback from people who have discussed it. The API is still subject to change. The documentation is not complete, please see eg/ for an example.



    $parser = HTTP::MultiPartParser->new( %attributes );

This constructor returns a instance of HTTP::MultiPartParser. Valid attributes inculde:

  • boundary (Mandatory)

        boundary => $value

    The unquoted and unescaped boundary parameter value from the Content-Type header field. The boundary parameter value consist of a restricted set of characters as defined in RFC 2046.

        DIGIT / ALPHA / "'" / "(" / ")" /
        "+" / "_" / "," / "-" / "." /
        "/" / ":" / "=" / "?"
  • on_header (Mandatory)

        on_header => $callback->($header)

    This callback will be invoked when the header of a part has successfully been received. The callback will only be invoked once for each part.

  • on_header_as

        on_header_as => 'unparsed' | 'lines'

    Defines the $header value for the on_header callback.

    • unparsed

      Callback invoked with an octet string containing the unparsed header.

    • lines

      Callback invoked with an ARRAY reference, where each element of the array is a header line. Folding whitespace is removed from all lines and header continuation lines are unwrapped.

  • on_body (Mandatory)

        on_body => $callback->($chunk, $final)

    This callback will be invoked when there is any data available for the body of a part. The callback may be invoked multiple times for each part.

  • on_error

        on_error => $callback->($message)

    This callback will be invoked anytime an error occurs in the parser. After receiving an error the parser is no longer useful in its current state.

  • max_preamble_size

        max_preamble_size => 32768
  • max_header_size

        max_header_size => 32768



Parses the given octets.



Finish the parsing.



Resets the state of the parser.


    $boolean = $parser->is_aborted;

Returns true if an error has occurred in the parser.


(F) Usage: %s

Method called with wrong number of arguments.


RFC 2616 section 3.7.2 Multipart Types
RFC 2046 section 5.1.1 Common Syntax
RFC 2388 multipart/form-data


Bugs / Feature Requests

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This is open source software. The code repository is available for public review and contribution under the terms of the license.


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Christian Hansen


Copyright 2012-2013 by Christian Hansen.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.