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Overriding HTTP Methods for old browsers

Posted by Armin Ronacher on 2010-08-14 @ 17:40 and filed in Utilities

HTML4 and XHTML only specify POST and GET as HTTP methods that forms can use. HTTP itself however supports a wider range of methods, and it makes sense to support them on the server.

If you however want to make a form submission with PUT for instance, and you are using a client that does not support it, you can override it.

First you need to hook this middleware in:

from werkzeug import url_decode

class MethodRewriteMiddleware(object):

    def __init__(self, app):
        self.app = app

    def __call__(self, environ, start_response):
        if 'METHOD_OVERRIDE' in environ.get('QUERY_STRING', ''):
            args = url_decode(environ['QUERY_STRING'])
            method = args.get('__METHOD_OVERRIDE__')
            if method:
                method = method.encode('ascii', 'replace')
                environ['REQUEST_METHOD'] = method
        return self.app(environ, start_response)

To then override the method, you have to append ?__METHOD_OVERRIDE__=PUT to the form action:

<form action="?__METHOD_OVERRIDE__=PUT">

This snippet by Armin Ronacher can be used freely for anything you like. Consider it public domain.