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Flask request.args vs request.form

My understanding is that request.args in Flask contains the URL encoded parameters from a GET request while request.form contains POST data. What I'm having a hard time grasping is why when sending a POST request, trying to access the data with request.form returns a 400 error but when I try to access it with request.args it seems to work fine.

I have tried sending the request with both Postman and curl and the results are identical.

curl -X POST -d {"name":"Joe"} --header "Content-Type:application/json"


@app.route('/testpoint', methods = ['POST'])
def testpoint():
    name = request.args.get('name', '')
    return jsonify(name = name)

You are POST-ing JSON, neither request.args nor request.form will work.

request.form works only if you POST data with the right content types; form data is either POSTed with the application/x-www-form-urlencoded or multipart/form-data encodings.

When you use application/json, you are no longer POSTing form data. Use request.get_json() to access JSON POST data instead:

@app.route('/testpoint', methods = ['POST'])
def testpoint():
    name = request.get_json().get('name', '')
    return jsonify(name = name)

As you state, request.args only ever contains values included in the request query string, the optional part of a URL after the ? question mark. Since it’s part of the URL, it is independent from the POST request body.

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Your json data in curl is wrong, so Flask does not parse data to form.

Send data like this: '{"name":"Joe"}'

curl -X POST -d '{"name":"Joe"}' http://example.com:8080/testpoint --header "Content-Type:application/json"
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    • The problem is that the OP is posting JSON in the first place, then using methods meant for form data to access the information.

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