It is possible to send POST data with file_get_contents() and get the returned content, by using it with the stream_context_create() function.
The stream_context_create($opt) creates and returns a stream context with any options supplied in the $opt array.
- $opt is an array of associative arrays in the format: $arr['wrapper']['option'] = $value .

Example stream_context_create() and file_get_contents()

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$postdata = http_build_query(['name'=>'some name', 'pass'=>'password']);  //data to send 'name=some+name&pass=password'
$opts = [
 'http' =>
   'method'=> 'POST',  // GET or POST
   'header' => 'Content-type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded'. PHP_EOL .'Content-Length: '. strlen($postdata). PHP_EOL,
   'content' => $postdata
$send_data  = stream_context_create($opts);
$cnt = file_get_contents('', false, $send_data);  //send data and get the returned content

echo $cnt;
- The http_build_query($arr) function generates a URL-encoded query string from the $arr, returns a string like this: 'key1=val1&key2=val2'.
- The value of the key 'method' must be in UPPERCASE (GET or POST).
- The 'header' key contains http headers that must be send to "page.php".

Daily Test with Code Example

Which HTML5 tag is indicated to be used as container for menu with navigation links in Web site?
<section> <nav> <article>
 <li><a href="" title="CSS Course">CSS Course</a></li>
 <li><a href="" title="Flash Games">Flash Games</a></li>
Which CSS property shifts an item horizontally to the left or right of where it was?
text-align clear float
.some_class {
  width: 30%;
  float: left;
Click on the Math object method which returns x, rounded downwards to the nearest integer.
Math.ceil(x) Math.abs(x) Math.floor(x)
var num = 12.34567;
num = Math.floor(num);
alert(num);       // 12
Indicate the PHP function which returns the number of characters in string.
mb_strlen() count() stristr()
$str = "string with utf-8 chars åèö";
$nrchr = mb_strlen($str);
echo $nrchr;        // 30
Send POST data with file_get_contents

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