Read XML from a HTTP POST

Posted: August 25, 2011 in ColdFusion

I program scripts to read XML posts just every once-and-awhile, and although very simple, every-time I forget how to do it.

Let’s say that we receive a XML HTTP POST via this code:

<cfhttp url="" method="post">
<cfhttpparam type="XML" name="MyXML" value="#myxml#">

This is what you would use to read that POST:

<cfset xmlPOST = GetHTTPRequestData().content>
<cfset xmlDOM = XmlParse(xmlPOST)>

The key here is the GetHTTPRequestData().content. Notice how we do not use form.MyXML.

Now we can manipulate the XML data using standard dot notation such as xmlDOM.Content.Value.XMLText.


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