Append HTML form submission data to json file

I am working with a simple PHP script that parses data filled in simple HTML forms to a JSON file. The problem is that I can't make all the added objects to appear inside the same array like this:

  "arraynamefoo": [
      "name": "Testing¹",
      "latitude": "32.75039432",
      "longitude": "-117.01482831",
      "description": "Testing, first description...",
      "category": "park",
      "photourl": ""
      "name": "Testing²",
      "latitude": "32.7896552",
      "longitude": "-117.1686369",
      "description": "Testing, second description. . .",
      "category": "park",
      "photourl": ""
      "name": "Testing³",
      "latitude": "32.89119111",
      "longitude": "-116.86513959",
      "description": "Testing, third description.",
      "category": "park",
      "photourl": ""

I couldn't even set the given array name in the PHP script, so I can't neither be able to make that all the written data belongs into the same JSON array... So, someone can please help me pointing what I need to to modify in the PHP code to make this possible? Please and thanks in advance.

The write.php file:


    $filetxt = 'file.json';

        if(isset($_POST['name']) && isset($_POST['latitude']) && isset($_POST['longitude']) && isset($_POST['description']) && isset($_POST['category']) && isset($_POST['photourl'])) {
        if(empty($_POST['name']) || empty($_POST['latitude']) || empty($_POST['longitude']) || empty($_POST['description']) || empty($_POST['category']) || empty($_POST['photourl'])) {
            echo 'You need to fill all the fields';
        else {
        $data = array(
          'name'=> $_POST['name'],
          'latitude'=> $_POST['latitude'],
          'longitude'=> $_POST['longitude'],
          'description'=> $_POST['description'],
          'category'=> $_POST['category'],
          'photourl'=> $_POST['photourl'],

        $filetxt = 'file.json';

        $arr_data = array();

        if(file_exists($filetxt)) {
          $jsondata = file_get_contents($filetxt);

          $arr_data = json_decode($jsondata, true);

        $arr_data[] = $data;

        $jsondata = json_encode($arr_data, JSON_PRETTY_PRINT);

        if(file_put_contents('file.json', $jsondata)) echo 'Successfully sent data!';
        else echo 'Error while attempting to write to JSON';
        else echo 'Error writing data to JSON!';

Also, the write.html file (maybe it's not needed to the question, but it's here anyway):

<form action="write.php" method="post">
Name: <input type="text" name="name" id="name" /></br>
Latitude: <input type="text" name="latitude" id="latitude" /></br>
Longitude: <input type="text" name="longitude" id="longitude" /></br>
Description: <input type="text" name="description" id="description" /></br>
Category: <input type="text" name="category" id="category" /></br>
Photo URL: <input type="text" name="photourl" id="photourl" /></br>
<input type="submit" id="submit" value="Submit" />


  • I've rewritten your code below and added some comments to explain what I'm doing.

    // Set constants as such
    const FILEPATH = 'file.json';
    const FIELDS   = [
    // Loop over the fields you require rather than typing them out (so much less work!)
    foreach (FIELDS as $fieldName) {
      if (!array_key_exists($fieldName, $_POST) || strlen($_POST[$fieldName]) <= 0) {
        echo 'You need to fill all the fields.';
    $arr_data = [
      'arraynamefoo' => []
    if (file_exists(FILEPATH)) {
      $jsonString = file_get_contents(FILEPATH);
      $arr_data = json_decode($jsonString, true);
    // arraynamefoo is the name you showed in your pastebin. 
    // Adding the trailing [] will append the contents of $_POST to 'arraynamefoo'
    $arr_data['arraynamefoo'][] = $_POST;
    $jsonString = json_encode($arr_data, JSON_PRETTY_PRINT);
    if (file_put_contents('file.json', $jsonString)) {
      echo 'Successfully sent data!';
    echo 'Error while attempting to write to JSON';