Honeypot Class

The Honeypot Class makes it possible to determine when a Bot makes a request to a CodeIgniter4 application, if it’s enabled in Application\Config\Filters.php file. This is done by attaching form fields to any form, and this form field is hidden from a human but accessible to a Bot. When data is entered into the field, it’s assumed the request is coming from a Bot, and you can throw a HoneypotException.

Enabling Honeypot

To enable a Honeypot, changes have to be made to the app/Config/Filters.php. Just uncomment honeypot from the $globals array, like...:

public $globals = [
        'before' => [
            'honeypot'
            // 'csrf',
        ],
        'after'  => [
            'toolbar',
            'honeypot'
        ]
    ];

A sample Honeypot filter is bundled, as system/Filters/Honeypot.php. If it is not suitable, make your own at app/Filters/Honeypot.php, and modify the $aliases in the configuration appropriately.

Customizing Honeypot

Honeypot can be customized. The fields below can be set either in app/Config/Honeypot.php or in .env.

  • hidden - true|false to control visibility of the honeypot field; default is true
  • label - HTML label for the honeypot field, default is ‘Fill This Field’
  • name - name of the HTML form field used for the template; default is ‘honeypot’
  • template - form field template used for the honeypot; default is ‘<label>{label}</label><input type=”text” name=”{name}” value=”“/>’