Angularjs $http POST request empty array

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

The following $http request executes successfully, yet the PHP script on the other end receives an empty $_POST array when it should receive ‘test’ and ‘testval.’ Any ideas?

    url: 'backend.php',
    method: "POST",
    data: {'test': 'testval'},
    headers: {'Content-Type': 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded'}
    }).success(function (data, status, headers, config) {

    }).error(function (data, status, headers, config) {});

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

If you wan to send just that simple data, try this:

    url: 'backend.php',
    method: "POST",
    data: 'test=' + testval,
    headers: {'Content-Type': 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded'}
    }).success(function (data, status, headers, config) {

    }).error(function (data, status, headers, config) {});

And php part shoul be like this:

    $data = $_POST['test'];
    $echo $data;

It is working for me.

Method 2

This is a common issue with AngularJS.

The first step is to change the default content-type header for POST request:

$["Content-Type"] = 
    "application/x-www-form-urlencoded; charset=UTF-8;";

Then, using an XHR request interceptor, it is necessary to serialize properly the payload object:

$httpProvider.interceptors.push(['$q', function($q) {
    return {
        request: function(config) {
            if ( && typeof === 'object') {
                // Check 
                // for a possible way to implement the serialize function.
       = serialize(;
            return config || $q.when(config);

In this way, payload data will be again available in the $_POST array.

For more info about XHR interceptor.

Another possibility, it is to mantain the default content-type header, and then server side parse the payload:

if(stripos($_SERVER["CONTENT_TYPE"], "application/json") === 0) {
    $_POST = json_decode(file_get_contents("php://input"), true);

Method 3

More simplified way:

myApp.config(function($httpProvider) {
    $httpProvider.defaults.transformRequest = function(data) {        
        if (data === undefined) { return data; } 
        return $.param(data);
    $['Content-Type'] = 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded; charset=UTF-8'; 

Method 4

Remove the following line, and the preceding comma:

headers: {'Content-Type': 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded'}

And then the data will appear in $_POST. You only need that line if you are uploading a file, in which case you’ll have to decode the body to get the data vars.

Method 5

I found my solution here There is a piece of code in the “AJAX doesn’t work like jQuery” section, which solved my problem.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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