Laravel Disable CSRF Protection on Specific Routes

Published on Sep 30, 2019

CSRF stands for Cross-Site Request Forgery. It is also known as XSRF, Sea Surf, and Session Riding. CSRF is an attack that forces an end user to execute unwanted actions on a web application in which they’re currently authenticated.

Laravel verifies CSRF using VerifyCsrfToken¬†middleware. Here’s the location of the middleware: Illuminate\Foundation\Http\Middleware\VerifyCsrfToke. This middleware gets executed on every HTTP request.

Disable CSRF Protection

To disable CSRF protection, navigate to app\Http\Middleware and open VerifyCsrfToken.php file. We need to add the routes in protected $except = []; array.

Example: I’m going to disable CSRF protection on three routes. The routes are:

Route::post('route1', '[email protected]');
Route::post('route2', '[email protected]');
Route::post('route3', '[email protected]');

Let’s disable protection on these routes:


namespace App\Http\Middleware;

use Illuminate\Foundation\Http\Middleware\VerifyCsrfToken as Middleware;

class VerifyCsrfToken extends Middleware
     * Indicates whether the XSRF-TOKEN cookie should be set on the response.
     * @var bool
    protected $addHttpCookie = true;

     * The URIs that should be excluded from CSRF verification.
     * @var array
    protected $except = [
        'route1', 'route2', 'route3',
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