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Main interface for HTTP requests

Syntax Syntax

Requests::request( string $url, array $headers = array(), array|null $data = array(), string $type = self::GET, array $options = array() )

Description Description

This method initiates a request and sends it via a transport before parsing.

The $options parameter takes an associative array with the following options:

  • timeout: How long should we wait for a response? Note: for cURL, a minimum of 1 second applies, as DNS resolution operates at second-resolution only. (float, seconds with a millisecond precision, default: 10, example: 0.01)
  • connect_timeout: How long should we wait while trying to connect? (float, seconds with a millisecond precision, default: 10, example: 0.01)
  • useragent: Useragent to send to the server (string, default: php-requests/$version)
  • follow_redirects: Should we follow 3xx redirects? (boolean, default: true)
  • redirects: How many times should we redirect before erroring? (integer, default: 10)
  • blocking: Should we block processing on this request? (boolean, default: true)
  • filename: File to stream the body to instead. (string|boolean, default: false)
  • auth: Authentication handler or array of user/password details to use for Basic authentication (Requests_Auth|array|boolean, default: false)
  • proxy: Proxy details to use for proxy by-passing and authentication (Requests_Proxy|array|string|boolean, default: false)
  • max_bytes: Limit for the response body size. (integer|boolean, default: false)
  • idn: Enable IDN parsing (boolean, default: true)
  • transport: Custom transport. Either a class name, or a transport object. Defaults to the first working transport from getTransport() (string|Requests_Transport, default: getTransport())
  • hooks: Hooks handler. (Requests_Hooker, default: new Requests_Hooks())
  • verify: Should we verify SSL certificates? Allows passing in a custom certificate file as a string. (Using true uses the system-wide root certificate store instead, but this may have different behaviour across transports.) (string|boolean, default: library/Requests/Transport/cacert.pem)
  • verifyname: Should we verify the common name in the SSL certificate? (boolean: default, true)
  • data_format: How should we send the $data parameter? (string, one of ‘query’ or ‘body’, default: ‘query’ for HEAD/GET/DELETE, ‘body’ for POST/PUT/OPTIONS/PATCH)

Parameters Parameters


(Required) URL to request


(Optional) Extra headers to send with the request

Default value: array()


(Optional) Data to send either as a query string for GET/HEAD requests, or in the body for POST requests

Default value: array()


(Optional) HTTP request type (use Requests constants)

Default value: self::GET


(Optional) Options for the request (see description for more information)

Default value: array()

Return Return


Source Source

File: wp-includes/class-requests.php

	 * @return Requests_Response
	public static function request($url, $headers = array(), $data = array(), $type = self::GET, $options = array()) {
		if (empty($options['type'])) {
			$options['type'] = $type;
		$options = array_merge(self::get_default_options(), $options);

		self::set_defaults($url, $headers, $data, $type, $options);

		$options['hooks']->dispatch('requests.before_request', array(&$url, &$headers, &$data, &$type, &$options));

		if (!empty($options['transport'])) {
			$transport = $options['transport'];

			if (is_string($options['transport'])) {
				$transport = new $transport();
		else {
			$need_ssl = (0 === stripos($url, 'https://'));
			$capabilities = array('ssl' => $need_ssl);
			$transport = self::get_transport($capabilities);
		$response = $transport->request($url, $headers, $data, $options);

		$options['hooks']->dispatch('requests.before_parse', array(&$response, $url, $headers, $data, $type, $options));



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