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reqargs: Read application/x-www-form-urlencoded, multipart/form-data, and application/json request args


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CentOS/RHEL 7 or Amazon Linux 2

yum -y install
yum -y install lua-resty-reqargs

CentOS/RHEL 8+, Fedora Linux, Amazon Linux 2023

yum -y install
yum -y install lua5.1-resty-reqargs

To use this Lua library with NGINX, ensure that nginx-module-lua is installed.

This document describes lua-resty-reqargs v1.4 released on Jan 07 2017.

Helper to Retrieve application/x-www-form-urlencoded, multipart/form-data, and application/json Request Arguments.


local get, post, files = require "resty.reqargs"()
if not get then
-- Use get, post, and files...


This module has only one function, and that function is loaded with require:

local reqargs = require "resty.reqargs"

get, post, files regargs(options)

When you call the function (reqargs) you can pass it options. These options override whatever you may have defined in your Nginx configuration (or the defaults). You may use the following options:

    tmp_dir          = "/tmp",
    timeout          = 1000,
    chunk_size       = 4096,
    max_get_args     = 100,
    mas_post_args    = 100,
    max_line_size    = 512,
    max_file_uploads = 10

This function will return three (3) return values, and they are called get, post, and files. These are Lua tables containing the data that was (HTTP) requested. get contains HTTP request GET arguments retrieved with ngx.req.get_uri_args. post contains either HTTP request POST arguments retrieved with ngx.req.get_post_args, or in case of application/json (as a content type header for the request), it will read the request body and decode the JSON, and the post will then contain the decoded JSON structure presented as Lua tables. The last return value files contains all the files uploaded. The files return value will only contain data when there are actually files uploaded and that the request content type is set to multipart/form-data. files has the same structure as get and post for the keys, but the values are presented as a Lua tables, that look like this (think about PHP's $_FILES):

    -- The name of the file upload form field (same as the key)
    name = "photo",
    -- The name of the file that the user selected for the upload
    file = "cat.jpg",
    -- The mimetype of the uploaded file
    type = "image/jpeg"
    -- The file size of the uploaded file (in bytes)
    size = 123465
    -- The location where the uploaded file was streamed
    temp = "/tmp/????"

In case of error, this function will return nil, error message.

Nginx Configuration Variables

You can configure several aspects of lua-resty-reqargs directly from the Nginx configuration, here are the configuration values that you may use, and their default values:

## the default is the system temp dir
set $reqargs_tmp_dir           /tmp;
## see
set $reqargs_timeout           1000;
## see
set $reqargs_chunk_size        4096;
## see
set $reqargs_max_get_args      100;
## see
set $reqargs_max_post_args     100;
## see
set $reqargs_max_line_size     512;  
## the default is unlimited
set $reqargs_max_file_uploads  10;


The changes of every release of this module is recorded in file.


You may find additional configuration tips and documentation for this module in the GitHub repository for nginx-module-reqargs.