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$HTTP_GET_VARS [deprecated]

(PHP 4 >= 4.1.0, PHP 5, PHP 7)

$_GET -- $HTTP_GET_VARS [deprecated]HTTP GET variables


An associative array of variables passed to the current script via the URL parameters (aka. query string). Note that the array is not only populated for GET requests, but rather for all requests with a query string.

$HTTP_GET_VARS contains the same initial information, but is not a superglobal. (Note that $HTTP_GET_VARS and $_GET are different variables and that PHP handles them as such)


Example #1 $_GET example

echo 'Hello ' htmlspecialchars($_GET["name"]) . '!';

Assuming the user entered

The above example will output something similar to:

Hello Hannes!



This is a 'superglobal', or automatic global, variable. This simply means that it is available in all scopes throughout a script. There is no need to do global $variable; to access it within functions or methods.


The GET variables are passed through urldecode().

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User Contributed Notes 4 notes

John Galt
9 years ago
Just a note, because I didn't know for sure until I tested it.

If you have a query string that contains a parameter but no value (not even an equals sign), like so:

The following script is a good test to determine how a is valued:
$_GET["a"] === "") echo "a is an empty string\n";
$_GET["a"] === false) echo "a is false\n";
$_GET["a"] === null) echo "a is null\n";
$_GET["a"])) echo "a is set\n";
$_GET["a"])) echo "a is not empty";

I tested this with script.php?a, and it returned:

a is an empty string
a is set

So note that a parameter with no value associated with, even without an equals sign, is considered to be an empty string (""), isset() returns true for it, and it is considered empty, but not false or null. Seems obvious after the first test, but I just had to make sure.

Of course, if I do not include it in my browser query, the script returns
a is null
timberspine _AT_ gmail _DOT_ com
11 years ago
Note that named anchors are not part of the query string and are never submitted by the browser to the server.


echo $_GET['title'];

// returns "apocalypse.php" and NOT "apocalypse.php#doom"

you would be better off treating the named anchor as another query string variable like so:

...and then retrieve it using something like this:
$url = $_GET['title']."#".$_GET['na'];

Hope this helps someone...
chris at bjelleklang dot org
8 years ago
Please note that PHP setups with the suhosin patch installed will have a default limit of 512 characters for get parameters. Although bad practice, most browsers (including IE) supports URLs up to around 2000 characters, while Apache has a default of 8000.

To add support for long parameters with suhosin, add
suhosin.get.max_value_length = <limit> in php.ini
9 months ago
The variable name $_GET is a bit misleading. It works with any HTTP request method that has a query component in the URI: GET, POST, PUT, PATCH, DELETE. A better name would be $_QUERY, similar to http_build_query and PHP_URL_QUERY in parse_url.
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