If I receive an email in any email client be it Outlook, GMail, etc and the email contains a link to a website, is it possible to perform a POST request to the website as opposed to a GET request?


For information retrieval, including links made with <a href>, only GET can be used.

If you want POST for whatever reason, you'll have to create a <form method="post"> with a submit button. (And think carefully about whether you need it; it's an ugly way to track users, and it's uncacheable.)

  • So I can create a form post action/method into a HTML email that is received by an email client? Would there be any issues? What do you mean by it is uncacheable? Jan 25 '12 at 21:43
  • Both get and post can only be targetted as something that understands http requests - so a web server. An email client could not be the target.
    – Paul
    Feb 9 '12 at 21:53
  • @grawity just wanted to follow up, I read this answer: stackoverflow.com/questions/5416753/… that implies that POST will not work. And I have my own question about this where I've followed your method, and for whatever reason the request still reads as GET and doesn't go through. There's a bounty on it, would really appreciate your help! stackoverflow.com/questions/25189818/…
    – james
    Aug 18 '14 at 19:07

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