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Overriding HTTP Methods for old browsers

By Armin Ronacher 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.