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Context Variables

Concept: Context Variables

Context variables are extracted from the request at the start of the middleware chain, and must be explicitly enabled in order for them to be made available to your transforms. These values can be very useful for later transformation of request data, for example, in converting a Form-based POST into a JSON-based PUT or to capture an IP address as a header.

As of v2.2 Tyk enables context variables to be injected into various middleware components. The context variables are formatted and accessed differently depending on the calling system. To enable Context Variables to be used, Select APIs from the System Management section and click Edit for the relevant API. Then select the Advanced Options tab and select Enable context variables.

Context Variables

If not using the Dashboard, you need to include the enable_context_vars variable in your API definition at root level and set it to true.

The context variables that are available are:

  • request_data: If the inbound request contained any query data or form data, it will be available in this object, for the header injector, Tyk will format this data as key:value1,value2,valueN;key:value1,value2 etc.
  • path_parts: The components of the path, split on /, these values are made available in the format of a comma delimited list.
  • token: The inbound raw token (if bearer tokens are being used) of this user.
  • path: The path that is being requested.
  • remote_addr: The IP address of the connecting client.
  • jwt_claims_CLAIMNAME - If JWT tokens are being used, then each claim in the JWT is available in this format to the context processor.
  • request_id Allows the injection of request correlation ID (for example X-Request-ID)

Note: request_id is available from v1.3.6

Components that use context variables:

  • The URL Rewriter
  • Header injection
  • Body transforms

As headers are already exposed to context data, you can also access any header from context variables by using:


NOTE: Due to how GoLang handles header parsing, incoming headers are converted to Capital Case. For example, if you want the value stored in test-header, you access it from $tyk_context.headers_Test_Header.

Or (for body transforms):