Cakephp api POST request , saving data without validation

To save data without validation in a CakePHP API POST request, you can use the patchEntity() method. This method allows you to create an entity object without triggering any validation rules.

Here is an example of how you can save data without validation in a CakePHP API POST request:

// Assuming you have a UsersController with an add() method

public function add()
    $user = $this->Users->newEntity($this->request->getData());
    $user = $this->Users->patchEntity($user, $this->request->getData(), ['validate' => false]);

    if ($this->Users->save($user)) {
        // Data saved successfully
        $response = [
            'status' => 'success',
            'message' => 'Data saved without validation'
    } else {
        // Data not saved
        $response = [
            'status' => 'error',
            'message' => 'Failed to save data'

        '_serialize' => ['response'],
        'response' => $response,

In this example, we first create a new entity object using the newEntity() method, passing in the request data. Then, we use the patchEntity() method to update the entity with the request data, but we set the 'validate' option to false, which disables validation.

After that, we can save the entity using the save() method. If the data is saved successfully, we set a success response with a corresponding message. Otherwise, if the data fails to save, we set an error response.

Finally, we use the _serialize and set() methods to serialize the response and send it back as a JSON response.

By using the patchEntity() method with the 'validate' option set to false, you can save data without triggering validation rules in a CakePHP API POST request.