The easiest way to do that would be to use the Params plugin, introduced in beta5. It has utility methods to make it easy to access different types of parameters. As always, reading the tests can prove valuable to understand how something is supposed to be used.
Get a single value
To get the value of a named parameter in a controller, you will need to select the appropriate method for the type of parameter you are looking for and pass in the name.
$this->params()->fromPost('paramname'); // From POST $this->params()->fromQuery('paramname'); // From GET $this->params()->fromRoute('paramname'); // From RouteMatch $this->params()->fromHeader('paramname'); // From header $this->params()->fromFiles('paramname'); // From file being uploaded
All of these methods also support default values that will be returned if no parameter with the given name is found.
$orderBy = $this->params()->fromQuery('orderby', 'name');
Get all parameters
To get all parameters of one type, just don't pass in anything and the Params plugin will return an array of values with their names as keys.
$allGetValues = $this->params()->fromQuery(); // empty method call
When visiting http://example.com/?orderby=birthdate&filter=hasphone $allGetValues will be an array-like
array( 'orderby' => 'birthdate', 'filter' => 'hasphone', );
Not using the Params plugin
If you check the source code for the Params plugin, you will see that it's just a thin wrapper around other controllers to allow for more consistent parameter retrieval. If you for some reason want/need to access them directly, you can see in the source code how it's done.
$this->getRequest()->getRequest('name', 'default'); $this->getEvent()->getRouteMatch()->getParam('name', 'default');
NOTE: You could have used the superglobals $_GET, $_POST, etc., but that is discouraged.