Sometimes I just want to find things easy. And sometimes the internet drives me nuts. That’s what happened this time again. Here is a little example for a script which sends data via POST to another script using basic auth. If there is only one person out there which it helps it’s all good.


require "../config/preferences.php";

// http basic auth credentials
$user = $PREFS['HTTPUser'];
$password = $PREFS['HTTPPassword'];
$ip = $PREFS['IpInternalMachine'];
$encAuthCredentials = base64_encode($user.":".$password);
$url = 'https://'.$ip.'/write_to_mongo.php';

// data which will be transfered
$data = array('key1' => 'value1', 'key2' => 'value2');

$options = array(
    'http' => array(
        'header'  => "Content-type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded\r\nAuthorization: Basic $encAuthCredentials\r\n",
        'method'  => 'POST',
        'content' => http_build_query($data),
$context  = stream_context_create($options);

// send data to reciever
$result = file_get_contents($url, false, $context);

// print for info


if (!isset($_SERVER['PHP_AUTH_USER'])) {
    header('WWW-Authenticate: Basic realm="My Realm"');
    header('HTTP/1.0 401 Unauthorized');
    echo 'The authentication failed because of missing PHP_AUTH_USER variable.';
} else {
    echo "<p>Hello {$_SERVER['PHP_AUTH_USER']}</p>";
    echo "<p>Your password is {$_SERVER['PHP_AUTH_PW']}</p>";