PHP $_GET Predefined Variable

The $_GET predefined variable contains an associative array of variables passed to the current page via the URL parameters (querystring). When using the $_GET superglobal variable, the HTML <form> tag must have the attribute method=”get”. It is identical to the $_POST predefined variable except the data are visible in the URL.


$variablename = $_GET['HTML CONTROL'];

Create a new HTML page, name it get.html and copy this:

<form action="get.php" method="get">

    Name: <input type="text" name="fullname"/>
    Email: <input type="email" name="email"/>
    Comment:<textarea name="comment">

<input type="submit"/>

Now make a PHP page called get.php in the same directory, and then copy this:


$fullname = $_GET['fullname'];
$email = $_GET['email'];
$comment = $_GET['comment'];

echo "Your name is <b>$fullname</b> and your email is <b>$email</b> we will not store your email.";
echo "<br/> Thanks for your comment: <b>$comment</b>";
echo "<br/> Look how the URL passes the data!"


Run the HTML page and fill in the details, and you should see your results.

Code Explained

  • As in the POST tutorial, you make the variables and get the HTML controls
  • Then you echo out the results

Try It!