Tuesday 27 January 2015

Yii2: Using csrf token

First, if you do not understand what is the CSRF token? and why should we use it, please refer to the following link :

One of the new features of Yii2 is CSRF validation enabled by default.
If you use ajax or basic form as follows :

<form action='#' method='POST'>

You will get an error exception :

Bad Request (#400): Unable to verify your data submission

That is because you do not submit csrf token. The easiest way if you dont care about csrf just disable it in main config :

'components' => [
     'request' => [

Or in Controller :

public function beforeAction($action) {
    $this->enableCsrfValidation = false;
    return parent::beforeAction($action);

So how to use Csrf Validation for your strong security website:

* With basic form:
- Create form with yii\widgets\ActiveForm or yii\bootstrap\ActiveForm
ActiveForm will automatically add a token in the form

Can use like this

<?php $form = ActiveForm::begin(['id' => 'login-form']); ?>
    <?= $form->field($model, 'username') ?>
    <?= $form->field($model, 'password')->passwordInput() ?>
<?php ActiveForm::end(); ?>


<?php $form = ActiveForm::begin(['id' => 'login-form']); ?>
      <input type='text' name='name'/>
<?php ActiveForm::end(); ?>

* With manual form:
you must manually add CSRF token in the form

<form action='#' method='POST'>
   <input type="hidden" name="_csrf" value="<?=Yii::$app->request->getCsrfToken()?>" />

* With Ajax
- In main layout add csrfMetaTags :
   <?= Html::csrfMetaTags() ?>

- And in javascript ajax code add csrf param like this:

var csrfToken = $('meta[name="csrf-token"]').attr("content");
         url: 'request',
         type: 'post',
         dataType: 'json',
         data: {param1: param1, _csrf : csrfToken},


  1. Thanks very much. This is the one solution Im looking for.

  2. thanks for this solution

  3. Thanks, exactly what I needed!

  4. ajax not working with type : 'post' but working on 'get', why

  5. Great post!

    It is very informative and helpful code of csrf token

  6. Great Info! Thanks.

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