In PHP, I would do this to get name as an array.

<input type"text" name="name[]" />
<input type"text" name="name[]" />

Or if I wanted to get name as an associative array:

<input type"text" name="name[first]" />
<input type"text" name="name[last]" />

What is the Django equivalent for such things?

Check out the QueryDict documentation, particularly the usage of QueryDict.getlist(key).

Since request.POST and request.GET in the view are instances of QueryDict, you could do this:

<form action='/my/path/' method='POST'>
<input type="text" name="hi" value="heya1">
<input type="text" name="hi" value="heya2">
<input type="submit" value="Go">

Then something like this:

def mypath(request):
    if request.method == 'POST':
        greetings = request.POST.getlist('hi') # will be ['heya1','heya2']

Sorry for digging this up, but Django has an utils.datastructures.DotExpandedDict. Here’s a piece of it’s docs:

>>> d = DotExpandedDict({'person.1.firstname': ['Simon'], \
        'person.1.lastname': ['Willison'], \
        'person.2.firstname': ['Adrian'], \
        'person.2.lastname': ['Holovaty']})
>>> d
{'person': {'1': {'lastname': ['Willison'], 'firstname': ['Simon']}, '2': {'lastname': ['Holovaty'], 'firstname': ['Adrian']}}}

The only difference being you use dot’s instead of brackets.

EDIT: This mechanism was replaced by form prefixes, but here’s the old code you can drop in your app if you still want to use this concept:

Django does not provide a way to get associative arrays (dictionaries in Python) from the request object. As the first answer pointed out, you can use .getlist() as needed, or write a function that can take a QueryDict and reorganize it to your liking (pulling out key/value pairs if the key matches some key[*] pattern, for example).