How to get POST Request Values in Django

In Django, handling POST requests and retrieving their values is essential for building interactive web applications that accept user input. POST requests are commonly used for submitting forms and sending data to the server without exposing it in the URL. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to retrieve POST request values in Django and utilize them in your views.

Understanding POST Requests

POST requests are one of the two main types of HTTP requests, the other being GET requests. Unlike GET requests, which include parameters in the URL, POST requests send data in the request body. This makes them suitable for submitting sensitive information like passwords, user-generated content, or form data.

Retrieving POST Request Values in Django

In Django, you can access POST request data through the request object, which is a instance of the HttpRequest class. Here’s how you can retrieve POST request values in your view’s:

from django.http import HttpResponse
from django.views.decorators.csrf import csrf_exempt

@csrf_exempt  # Use only when you want to disable CSRF protection
def my_view(request):
    if request.method == 'POST':
        # Retrieve POST parameter by name
        username = request.POST.get('username')

        # Retrieve multiple POST parameters
        password = request.POST.get('password')
        email = request.POST.get('email')

        # Perform some processing
        response = f"Username: {username}, Password: {password}, Email: {email}"

        return HttpResponse(response)
        return HttpResponse("This view only accepts POST requests.")

In the code above:

  • We import HttpResponse to create a response that will be sent to the client.
  • The csrf_exempt decorator is used when you want to disable CSRF protection for demonstration purposes. In a production application, CSRF protection should not be disabled without good reason.
  • Inside the my_view function, we first check if the request method is POST using request.method.
  • We use request.POST.get('parameter_name') to retrieve individual POST parameters, specifying the parameter name as string.
  • You can also retrieve multiple POST parameters, as shown with password and email.
  • Finally, you can use the retrieved values to generate a response.

Handling Missing Parameters

Just like with GET requests, it’s important to handle cases where a POST parameter might be missing in the request data. Using request.POST.get('parameter_name', default_value) allows you to provide default value if the parameter is not present:

username = request.POST.get('username', 'default_value')


Retrieving POST request values in Django is a fundamental skill for bullding web applications that accept user input. By using request object’s POST attribute, you can easily retrieve and work with the data sent by client when submitting forms or sending other data to server. Whether you’re processing user registrations, handling form submissions, or managing user-generated content, Django provides a straightforward way to access and utilize POST request data in your views