Catalyst::Request - provides information about the current client request


    $req = $c->request;
    $req->captures; # previously knows as snippets

See also Catalyst, Catalyst::Request::Upload.


This is the Catalyst Request class, which provides an interface to data for the current client request. The request object is prepared by Catalyst::Engine, thus hiding the details of the particular engine implementation.



[DEPRECATED] Returns the name of the requested action.

Use $c->action instead (which returns a Catalyst::Action object).


Returns the IP address of the client.


Returns a reference to an array containing the arguments.

    print $c->request->arguments->[0];

For example, if your action was

    package MyApp::Controller::Foo;

    sub moose : Local {

and the URI for the request was http://.../foo/moose/bah, the string bah would be the first and only argument.

Arguments get automatically URI-unescaped for you.


Shortcut for "arguments".


Contains the URI base. This will always have a trailing slash. Note that the URI scheme (eg., http vs. https) must be determined through heuristics; depending on your server configuration, it may be incorrect. See $req->secure for more info.

If your application was queried with the URI http://localhost:3000/some/path then base is http://localhost:3000/.


Returns the message body of the request, as returned by HTTP::Body: a string, unless Content-Type is application/x-www-form-urlencoded, text/xml, or multipart/form-data, in which case a File::Temp object is returned.


Returns a reference to a hash containing body (POST) parameters. Values can be either a scalar or an arrayref containing scalars.

    print $c->request->body_parameters->{field};
    print $c->request->body_parameters->{field}->[0];

These are the parameters from the POST part of the request, if any.


Shortcut for body_parameters.


Shortcut for $req->headers->content_encoding.


Shortcut for $req->headers->content_length.


Shortcut for $req->headers->content_type.


A convenient method to access $req->cookies.

    $cookie  = $c->request->cookie('name');
    @cookies = $c->request->cookie;


Returns a reference to a hash containing the cookies.

    print $c->request->cookies->{mycookie}->value;

The cookies in the hash are indexed by name, and the values are CGI::Simple::Cookie objects.


Shortcut for $req->headers->header.


Returns an HTTP::Headers object containing the headers for the current request.

    print $c->request->headers->header('X-Catalyst');


Returns the hostname of the client.


Alias for $req->body.


Contains the keywords portion of a query string, when no '=' signs are present.


    $c->request->query_keywords will contain 'some keywords'


This contains the matching part of a Regex action. Otherwise it returns the same as 'action', except for default actions, which return an empty string.


Contains the request method (GET, POST, HEAD, etc).


Returns GET and POST parameters with a param method. This is an alternative method for accessing parameters in $c->req->parameters.

    $value  = $c->request->param( 'foo' );
    @values = $c->request->param( 'foo' );
    @params = $c->request->param;

Like CGI, and unlike earlier versions of Catalyst, passing multiple arguments to this method, like this:

    $c->request->param( 'foo', 'bar', 'gorch', 'quxx' );

will set the parameter foo to the multiple values bar, gorch and quxx. Previously this would have added bar as another value to foo (creating it if it didn't exist before), and quxx as another value for gorch.

NOTE this is considered a legacy interface and care should be taken when using it. scalar $c->req->param( 'foo' ) will return only the first foo param even if multiple are present; $c->req->param( 'foo' ) will return a list of as many are present, which can have unexpected consequences when writing code of the form:

        a => 'b',
        baz => $c->req->param( 'baz' ),

If multiple baz parameters are provided this code might corrupt data or cause a hash initialization error. For a more straightforward interface see $c->req->parameters.


Returns a reference to a hash containing GET and POST parameters. Values can be either a scalar or an arrayref containing scalars.

    print $c->request->parameters->{field};
    print $c->request->parameters->{field}->[0];

This is the combination of query_parameters and body_parameters.


Shortcut for $req->parameters.


Returns the path, i.e. the part of the URI after $req->base, for the current request.


Alias for path, added for compatibility with CGI.


Returns the protocol (HTTP/1.0 or HTTP/1.1) used for the current request.



Returns a reference to a hash containing query string (GET) parameters. Values can be either a scalar or an arrayref containing scalars.

    print $c->request->query_parameters->{field};
    print $c->request->query_parameters->{field}->[0];

$req->read( [$maxlength] )

Reads a chunk of data from the request body. This method is intended to be used in a while loop, reading $maxlength bytes on every call. $maxlength defaults to the size of the request if not specified.

You have to set MyApp->config(parse_on_demand => 1) to use this directly.


Shortcut for $req->headers->referer. Returns the referring page.


Returns true or false, indicating whether the connection is secure (https). Note that the URI scheme (eg., http vs. https) must be determined through heuristics, and therefore the reliablity of $req->secure will depend on your server configuration. If you are serving secure pages on the standard SSL port (443) and/or setting the HTTPS environment variable, $req->secure should be valid.


Returns a reference to an array containing captured args from chained actions or regex captures.

    my @captures = @{ $c->request->captures };


captures used to be called snippets. This is still available for backwards compatibility, but is considered deprecated.


A convenient method to access $req->uploads.

    $upload  = $c->request->upload('field');
    @uploads = $c->request->upload('field');
    @fields  = $c->request->upload;

    for my $upload ( $c->request->upload('field') ) {
        print $upload->filename;


Returns a reference to a hash containing uploads. Values can be either a Catalyst::Request::Upload object, or an arrayref of Catalyst::Request::Upload objects.

    my $upload = $c->request->uploads->{field};
    my $upload = $c->request->uploads->{field}->[0];


Returns a URI object for the current request. Stringifies to the URI text.

$req->mangle_params( { key => 'value' }, $appendmode);

Returns a hashref of parameters stemming from the current request's params, plus the ones supplied. Keys for which no current param exists will be added, keys with undefined values will be removed and keys with existing params will be replaced. Note that you can supply a true value as the final argument to change behavior with regards to existing parameters, appending values rather than replacing them.

A quick example:

  # URI query params foo=1
  my $hashref = $req->mangle_params({ foo => 2 });
  # Result is query params of foo=2

versus append mode:

  # URI query params foo=1
  my $hashref = $req->mangle_params({ foo => 2 }, 1);
  # Result is query params of foo=1&foo=2

This is the code behind uri_with.

$req->uri_with( { key => 'value' } );

Returns a rewritten URI object for the current request. Key/value pairs passed in will override existing parameters. You can remove an existing parameter by passing in an undef value. Unmodified pairs will be preserved.

You may also pass an optional second parameter that puts uri_with into append mode:

  $req->uri_with( { key => 'value' }, { mode => 'append' } );

See mangle_params for an explanation of this behavior.


Returns the currently logged in user. Highly deprecated, do not call, this will be removed in version 5.81. To retrieve the currently authenticated user, see $c->user and $c->user_exists in Catalyst::Plugin::Authentication. For the REMOTE_USER provided by the webserver, see $req->remote_user below.


Returns the value of the REMOTE_USER environment variable.


Shortcut to $req->headers->user_agent. Returns the user agent (browser) version string.


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