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Accept parameters

We need to access the data passed by user from GET, POST and other methods. Beego will parse this data automatically. You can get the data by:

  • GetString(key string) string
  • GetStrings(key string) []string
  • GetInt(key string) (int, error)
  • GetInt8(key string) (int8, error)
  • GetInt16(key string) (int16, error)
  • GetInt32(key string) (int32, error)
  • GetInt64(key string) (int64, error)
  • GetBool(key string) (bool, error)
  • GetFloat(key string) (float64, error)

For example:

func (this *MainController) Post() {
    jsoninfo := this.GetString("jsoninfo")
    if jsoninfo == "" {
        this.Ctx.WriteString("jsoninfo is empty")

For more information about the request, you can get this by accessing this.Ctx.Request. For more details see Request.

Parse to struct

If you wish to assign the data submitted from a form into a struct rather than assigning them one by one, Beego has an easier way to do that. This approach consists of mapping struct fields to the form’s input elements and parsing all data into a struct.

Define struct:

type User struct {
    Id    int         `form:"-"`
    Name  interface{} `form:"username"`
    Age   int         `form:"age"`
    Email string

Define form:

<form id="user">
    name:<input name="username" type="text" />
    age:<input name="age" type="text" />
    email:<input name="Email" type="text" />
    <input type="submit" value="submit" />

Parsing in Controller:

func (this *MainController) Post() {
    u := User{}
    if err := this.ParseForm(&u); err != nil {
        //handle error


  • The definition of structTag form and renderform method are using the same tag.
  • While defining the struct, if there is a form tag after the key, it will assign the value in the form which has the same name as that tag, otherwise it will assign the value in the form which has the same name as that field name. In the above example, Form value username and age will be assigned to Name and Age in user struct and Email will be assigned to Email in struct.
  • While calling the method ParseForm of the Controller, the parameter passed in must be a pointer to a struct, otherwise the assignment will fail and it will return a xx must be a struct pointer error.
  • If you want to ignore some fields, there are two ways: the first is using lowercase for that field; the second is to use - as the value of the tag.

Retrieving data from request body

In API application development, we always use JSON or XML as the data type. So how can we retrieve the data from the request body?

  1. Set copyrequestbody = true in configuration file.
  2. Then in the Controller you can
func (this *ObjectController) Post() {
    var ob models.Object
    json.Unmarshal(this.Ctx.Input.RequestBody, &ob)
    objectid := models.AddOne(ob)
    this.Data["json"] = map[string]interface{}{"ObjectId": objectid }

Uploading files

In Beego, you can upload files easily. Just remember to set attribute enctype="multipart/form-data" in your form, otherwise your browser won’t upload your file.

Usually an uploaded file is stored in the system memory, but if the file size is bigger than the memory size limitation in the configuration file, the file will be stored in a temporary file. The default memory size is 64M and you can change it by:

beego.MaxMemory = 1<<22

Or you can set it in the configuration file:

maxmemory = 1<<22

Beego provides two functions to handle file uploads easily:

  • GetFile(key string) (multipart.File, *multipart.FileHeader, error)

This method is used to read the file name the_file from form and return the information then you can process the uploaded file based on the info, such as filter or save the file.

  • SaveToFile(fromfile, tofile string) error

This method implements the saving function based on the method GetFile

Here is an example of saving a file:

func (this *MainController) Post() {

Data Bind

Data bind lets the user bind the request data to a variable, the request url as follow:

var id int
ctx.Input.Bind(&id, "id")  //id ==123

var isok bool
ctx.Input.Bind(&isok, "isok")  //isok ==true

var ft float64
ctx.Input.Bind(&ft, "ft")  //ft ==1.2

ol := make([]int, 0, 2)
ctx.Input.Bind(&ol, "ol")  //ol ==[1 2]

ul := make([]string, 0, 2)
ctx.Input.Bind(&ul, "ul")  //ul ==[str array]

user struct{Name}
ctx.Input.Bind(&user, "user")  //user =={Name:"astaxie"}
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