By Hilmanrdn


2016-02-01 18:32:30 8 Comments

How can I try sending a post request to a Laravel app with Postman?

Normally Laravel has a csrf_token that we have to pass with a POST/PUT request. How can I get and send this value in Postman? Is it even possible without turning off the CSRF protection?

4 comments

@Brian Fegter 2017-10-20 18:50:07

If you store your sessions in Cookies, you can grab the Cookie from an auth request in Developer Tools.

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Copy and paste that Cookie in the Header of your POSTMAN or Paw requests.

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This approach allows you to limit your API testing to your current session.

@Zariweya 2018-09-20 08:31:33

You, son of a genius.

@james.s 2017-06-25 08:24:29

1.You can create a new route to show the csrf token using your controller with help of the function below. (Use a Get request on the route)

   public function showToken {
      echo csrf_token(); 

    }

2.Select the Body tab on postman and then choose x-www-form-urlencoded.
3.Copy the token and paste in postman as the value of the key named _token.
4.Execute your post request on your URL/Endpoint

@Björn 2016-02-01 22:08:23

Edit:

Ah wait, I misread the question. You want to do it without turning off the CSRF protection? Like Bharat Geleda said: You can make a route that returns only the token and manually copy it in a _token field in postman.

But I would recommend excluding your api calls from the CSRF protection like below, and addin some sort of API authentication later.

Which version of laravel are you running?

Laravel 5.2 and up:

Since 5.2 the CSRF token is only required on routes with web middleware. So put your api routes outside the group with web middleware.

See the "The Default Routes File" heading in the documentation for more info.

Laravel 5.1 and 5.2:

You can exclude routes which should not have CSRF protection in the VerifyCsrfToken middleware like this:

class VerifyCsrfToken extends BaseVerifier
{
    /**
     * The URIs that should be excluded from CSRF verification.
     *
     * @var array
     */
    protected $except = [
        'api/*',
    ];
}

See the "Excluding URIs From CSRF Protection" heading documentation for more info.

@Hilmanrdn 2016-02-02 16:14:52

thanks, yeah that makes more sense, for API instead of CSRF, using authentication is the best option

@Inigo 2017-10-10 10:59:49

Can't get this to work in Laravel 5.5. Postman just showing "page has expired due to inactivity"- which means the token is rejected / or not working..?

@Björn 2017-10-10 11:24:19

@Inigo That is the new page for TokenException, so your token is rejected. Probably because your sessions are not working properly. Check if your storage folder is writable for sessions.

@Connor Gurney 2018-06-15 17:04:03

@Hilmanrdn: Bit late to the game, but I'd recommend using both — they're designed to solve completely different security vulnerabilities.

@guddu kumar 2017-01-21 10:19:31

In laravel, 5.3. Go to app/Http/Kernel.php find middlewareGroups then comment VerifyCsrfToken. Because it executes all middleware before service your request.

protected $middlewareGroups = [
            'web' => [
                \App\Http\Middleware\EncryptCookies::class,
                \Illuminate\Cookie\Middleware\AddQueuedCookiesToResponse::class,
                \Illuminate\Session\Middleware\StartSession::class,
                \Illuminate\View\Middleware\ShareErrorsFromSession::class,
               ***// \App\Http\Middleware\VerifyCsrfToken::class,***
                \Illuminate\Routing\Middleware\SubstituteBindings::class,
            ],

            'api' => [
                'throttle:60,1',
                'bindings',
            ],
        ];

@Donald Duck 2017-01-21 10:41:58

While this code may answer the question, providing additional context regarding how and/or why it solves the problem would improve the answer's long-term value.

@guddu kumar 2017-01-25 12:58:04

Reason is that in post request laravel 5.3 check csrf token. After commenting this line we prevent application for csrf token verification.

@Björn 2017-02-27 23:48:55

This is a bad idea because now ALL your routes are without CSRF protection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-site_request_forgery

@Björn 2017-02-27 23:50:11

Disabling it for API routes is ok because you can implement authentication for these routes which protects them again.

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