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Laravel and Content Negotiation

Chris Fidao posted a good tutorial on how to use some lesser known built-in Laravel methods to handle content negotiation.

An HTTP client, such as your browser, or perhaps jQuery’s ajax method, can set an Accept header as part of an HTTP request.

It’s up to the server to follow the rules of HTTP. When a request comes to our application, it’s pretty easy to ignore these rules, as our frameworks generally let us return whatever we want.

Laravel provides a nice, easy way to check if a request “wants json”.


Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band.