I'm building web based remote control system for esp8266. In arduino IDE, using the ESP libraries. To, send data to the server, I'm using http post. For some settings, I need to transfer 30 or so, different values over a single post request. And assign it to different type of variables.

so, from this:

i need this:

uint8_t brightness = 100;
bool randomOrder = true;
uint16_t Delay = 1800;
uint8_t Position = 125;

This is the relevant code. Basically, my idea is, to send the lenght of the array (will be different each time.) in the first argument. Than create a for loop that put every value in a array into variable pointers. But, since lots of different type variables going on, i'm not sure how to do that.

#include <ESP8266WiFi.h>
#include <WiFiClient.h>
#include <ESP8266WebServer.h>
#include <ESP8266mDNS.h>

//values i need to set in a single post.
uint8_t settings0;
bool brightness; 
uint16_t randomOrder; 
uint8_t Delay;

void setup {
//relevant code that handels post request.
server.on("/testpost", HTTP_POST, []() {

String ZeroValue = server.arg("lenght");

int lenght = ZeroValue.toInt();

//this doesnt really work, but its a starting idea.
int* SettingsArray[4] = {&settings0, &brightness, &randomOrder, &Delay};

for( int i = 0; i < lenght; i++) {

     String PresetSettings = server.arg(i);
     SettingsArray[i] = PresetSettings.toInt();

Ultimately, I can just do that, but I'm wondering if there is a more elegant solution.

brightness = SettingsArray[1];
randomOrder = SettingsArray[2];
Delay = SettingsArray[3];
Position = SettingsArray[4];

1 Answer 1


The WebServer class supports argument lookup by name. This should allow HTTP argument parsing that does not require length and/or specific order:

And parse with:

brightness = server.arg("brightness").toInt();
randomOrder = server.arg("randomOrder").toInt();
Delay = server.arg("delay").toInt();
Position = server.arg("position").toInt();

Please note that some value will require cast (and there might be a need for special handling of "true" and "false"). For further robustness each argument name needs to be checked that it is available.

String arg = server.arg("argName");
val = (arg.length() == 0 ? defaultVal : arg.toInt());

Or simply:

String arg = server.arg("argName");
if (arg.length() != 0) val = arg.toInt();


  • Thank you! didn't notice i can do that, that simplify code on front end as well.
    – Nah
    Aug 27, 2016 at 11:38

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