I am adding custom header in my request (sent from external app) to Joomla controller with a custom header added. How to retrieve the header in my controller?

I tried using below but it gives me null.

$token = $app->input->server->getString('Authorization');

Request captured shows the headers added.

D/OkHttp: Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
D/OkHttp: Content-Length: 25
D/OkHttp: Authorization: eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJ1c2VyaWQiOiJhZG1pbiIsImlhdCI6MTQ3MzYyMjQyOSwiZXhwIjoxNDc2MjE0NDI5fQ.l691z66kzWaEA6RP7schKk4-N6xvXzneAwvKQm-Cj8E

To help others facing similar issue:

It looks like Joomla or the server is simply ignoring the Authorization headers. Changing name of some other name will be a workaround for this.


You can use plain PHP to retrive request headers. No need to use Joomla objects. Use below code

$token =  getallheaders ();

to retrive full request headers.

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You need to use a different method than jinput.

$app = JFactory::getApplication();
$headers = $app->getHeaders();



  • From API: Method to get the array of response headers to be sent when the response is sent to the client.. These are not headers sent from client to server, rather opposite.
    – Nagarjun
    Sep 22 '16 at 17:39
  • Under what method are you sending it to the controller if not via http? Are you using a CLI? Sep 22 '16 at 17:46
  • I am using okHttp android client which uses http.
    – Nagarjun
    Sep 22 '16 at 18:17

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