Multipart Stream Builder

A multipart stream is a special kind of stream that is used to transfer files over HTTP. There is currently no PSR-7 support for multipart streams as they are considered to be normal streams with a special content. A multipart stream HTTP request may look like this:

Content-Type: multipart/form-data; boundary="578de3b0e3c46.2334ba3"

Content-Disposition: form-data; name="foo"
Content-Length: 15

A normal stream
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="bar"; filename="bar.png"
Content-Length: 71
Content-Type: image/png


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Content-Type: text/plain
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="baz"
Content-Length: 6


In the request above you see a set of HTTP headers and a body with two streams. The body starts and ends with a “boundary” and it is also this boundary that separates the streams. That boundary also needs to be specified in the Content-Type header.

Building a Multipart Stream

To build a multipart stream you may use the MultipartStreamBuilder. It is not coupled to any stream implementation so it needs a StreamFactory to create the streams.

$streamFactory = StreamFactoryDiscovery::find();
$builder = new MultipartStreamBuilder($streamFactory);
  ->addResource('foo', $stream)
  ->addResource('bar', fopen($filePath, 'r'), ['filename' => 'bar.png'])
  ->addData('baz', ['headers' => ['Content-Type' => 'text/plain']]);

$multipartStream = $builder->build();
$boundary = $builder->getBoundary();

$request = MessageFactoryDiscovery::find()->createRequest(
  ['Content-Type' => 'multipart/form-data; boundary="'.$boundary.'"'],

$response = HttpClientDiscovery::find()->sendRequest($request);

The second parameter of MultipartStreamBuilder::addResource() is the content of the stream. The supported input is the same as StreamFactory::createStream().