HTTP Input and Output

HTTP input/output character encoding conversion may convert binary data also. Users are supposed to control character encoding conversion if binary data is used for HTTP input/output.


If enctype for HTML form is set to multipart/form-data and mbstring.encoding_translation is set to On in php.ini the POST'ed variables and the names of uploaded files will be converted to the internal character encoding as well. However, the conversion isn't applied to the query keys.

  • HTTP Input

    There is no way to control HTTP input character conversion from a PHP script. To disable HTTP input character conversion, it has to be done in php.ini.

    Beispiel #1 Disable HTTP input conversion in php.ini

    ;; Disable HTTP Input conversion
    mbstring.http_input = pass
    ;; Disable HTTP Input conversion
    mbstring.encoding_translation = Off

    When using PHP as an Apache module, it is possible to override those settings in each Virtual Host directive in httpd.conf or per directory with .htaccess. Refer to the Configuration section and Apache Manual for details.

  • HTTP Output

    There are several ways to enable output character encoding conversion. One is using php.ini, another is using ob_start() with mb_output_handler() as the ob_start callback function.

Beispiel #2 php.ini setting example

;; Enable output character encoding conversion for all PHP pages

;; Enable Output Buffering
output_buffering    = On

;; Set mb_output_handler to enable output conversion
output_handler      = mb_output_handler

Beispiel #3 Script example


// Enable output character encoding conversion only for this page

// Set HTTP output character encoding to SJIS

// Start buffering and specify "mb_output_handler" as
// callback function


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