How to Get the Referrer URL in PHP
In this article, you will learn how to get the referrer URL in PHP.
The $_SERVER[‘HTTP_REFERER’] Variable
To get the referrer URL in PHP, you can use the $_SERVER[‘HTTP_REFERER’] variable.
Here is an example:
<?php $referrer = isset($_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER']) ? $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'] : ''; echo "The referrer URL is: " . $referrer; ?>
It is important to note that the HTTP_REFERER header may not be present in all cases, so it is recommended to check if it is set before using it.
The $_SERVER variable in PHP is an array that contains information about the headers, paths, and script locations. The HTTP_REFERER element of the $_SERVER array contains the URL of the page that referred the user to the current page.
For example, if a user clicks a link on page A that leads to page B, the referrer URL of page B would be the URL of page A.
It’s worth mentioning that the value of the HTTP_REFERER header can be easily altered by the client and is therefore not 100% reliable. In some cases, the referrer may not be sent at all, for example, if the user types the URL directly into the address bar or if they are coming from a secure connection (HTTPS) to an insecure connection (HTTP). In such cases, the HTTP_REFERER variable will not be set and attempting to access it may result in an undefined index notice.
In conclusion, the HTTP_REFERER header is a useful tool for determining where a user came from, but it should not be relied on for secure or critical information.