• PHP RESTful Web Service

    Representational State Transfer (REST) is an architecture style. Web services that follows the RESTful principles are RESTful services. In RESTful services, URIs are used to access the resources. Data and functions are called resources in RESTful glossary. So eventually data and function is what we will access via services.

    In this RESTful web services tutorial, I will show you how to create a RESTful web service. I will not be using any framework for this, just plain PHP. Most of the times I do prefer to write custom code without depending on frameworks, this approach has it own advantages.

    In the Internet I have seen web services tutorials and most of the times they all turn out to be error prone or incomplete. I tested those RESTful services using a REST client and mostly they fail.

    Bronze Member Asked on September 13, 2016 in Php.
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    Web services ( application services ) is one of the most important part of today development where we ceneteralized or data and allow user to access that data from different sources like web, software, app etc.. Web service provide Interoperability between two different language.  Web service are easy to understand or to made we can easily create a web service of our website. There are no of method through which you can create you web service

    1. SOAP { Simple Object Access Protocol }.
    2. REST { Representational State Transfer }


    We are going to create a web service using REST method but i also give you small overview ofSOAP method first.

    What is SOAP?.

    SOAP is Simple Object Access Protocol based on XML so it easy to read. It is simple XML based protocol to exchange data between two different language.

    What is REST?.

    REST { Representational State Transfer } is a simple stateless architecture that generally runs over HTTP. REST web service system produce status code response in JSON or XML format.


    Create webservice using REST is very easy and take less time to make as compare to other.


    REST support all most commonly used HTTP methods (GET, POST, PUT and DELETE). We use all these method according to need.

    Application using REST

    Now i am going to create a small application using REST. In this application we can create a SignUp, Get user Info and Update user status. Before creating this application it is recommended that you have basic understanding of PHP, MYSQL, JSON. I later explain you that how we can use this in android to access data from PHP based webservice.

    Step 1. I hope that you already install WAMP or XAMPP in your computer.

    Step 2.  Now we need to install chrome  extension for testing or web service so i use Advance REST Client.

    REST Client is very useful to test or webservice. You simply follow the link i mention above and install extension in your Chrome browser.

    Advance REST client installation

    Step 3. Now we are going to create our database http://localhost/phpmyadmin .

    Copy paste this sql query to your phpmyadmin-> sql.

    Step 4. Now we need to create a data handler file in php and  url where we can handle request information.

    Code : confi.php

    first we need to connection to our database. Now we can create a file to save requested data to data base


    Requested URL : http://localhost/aneh/rest/signup.php

    In signup page i did not add any validation you can add your validation here if you like the main and important thing in this page is

    header(‘Content-type: application/json’);

    we tell php that this page is return as json, and we also use json_encode() to return our data in json format.

    Now after this we need Advance Rest Client to send data to our page. Go to your chrome app store where you add your extensions

    Launch Advance REST Client

    click on Advance Rest client. Now add your request

    url: http://localhost/aneh/rest/signup.php, Select the Request method, Click on  Add new vaule define your value and data in it and click on send.

    Add data in forms

    after doing all this you need send data to server and this output like this

    Send data to server
    That all if you get done message!.

    Now we get user info using GET method. I create a new php file to get user info once you have command on this you easily work on single page.


    Requester URL: url: http://localhost/aneh/rest/info.php?uid=Request_ID

    Load data from service using get method

    In this we pass user id in url. Add this url in Advance REST Client and click on send and get output like this:

    Now we can update user info using PUT method. To read about Put method follow this link.


    Request URL: http://localhost/aneh/rest/status.php

    Update user status

    In above i am using PUT method in PUT we access data like this: $_SERVER[‘HTTP_DATAVARIABLE’].

    Sending PUT Request from Advance Rest Client.

    Put request

    In this we add url where we want to make request and then select Request method PUT and then add header as shown in above image.

    Out Put of above is



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    Objectives of this RESTful Web Service Example

    • Build a RESTful Webservice.
    • With plain PHP, without dependency on any framework.
    • URI patterns should follow REST principles.
    • RESTful service should be capable responding to requests for formats like JSON, XML.
    • Should demonstrate the use of HTTP Status code based on different scenarios.
    • Demonstrate the use of Request headers.
    • Test the RESTful web service using a REST client.

    RESTful Webservice Example

    Following is a domain class used to demonstrate the RESTful services.

    A domain Class to demonstrate RESTful web services
    Class Mobile {
    	private $mobiles = array(
    		1 => 'Apple iPhone 6S',  
    		2 => 'Samsung Galaxy S6',  
    		3 => 'Apple iPhone 6S Plus',  			
    		4 => 'LG G4',  			
    		5 => 'Samsung Galaxy S6 edge',  
    		6 => 'OnePlus 2');
    		you should hookup the DAO here
    	public function getAllMobile(){
    		return $this->mobiles;
    	public function getMobile($id){
    		$mobile = array($id => ($this->mobiles[$id]) ? $this->mobiles[$id] : $this->mobiles[1]);
    		return $mobile;

    RESTful Services URI Mapping

    RESTful web services should have a uniform, neat URIs. HTACCESS file is used to do the URL mapping between the request and the real file. In this example we are using two URIs.

    To get the list of all mobiles.


    To get a particular mobile’s detail using its id. In the below ‘2’ is the id of a mobile.


    Following is the .htaccess file that maps the request url and forwards the request to a php file.

    # Turn rewrite engine on
    Options +FollowSymlinks
    RewriteEngine on
    # map neat URL to internal URL
    RewriteRule ^mobile/list/$   RestController.php?view=all [nc,qsa]
    RewriteRule ^mobile/list/([0-9]+)/$   RestController.php?view=single&id=$1 [nc,qsa]

    RESTful Web Service Controller

    In the .htaccess we are forwarding all the request to file RestController.php with a key named ‘view’ to identify the request. Following is the RestController.php file that receives the request dispatches to respectvie methods to handle the request. ‘view’ key is used to identify the url request.

    $view = "";
    	$view = $_GET["view"];
    controls the RESTful services
    URL mapping
    	case "all":
    		// to handle REST Url /mobile/list/
    		$mobileRestHandler = new MobileRestHandler();
    	case "single":
    		// to handle REST Url /mobile/show/<id>/
    		$mobileRestHandler = new MobileRestHandler();
    	case "" :
    		//404 - not found;

    A simple RESTful base class

    Following class has couple of methods that can be commonly used in all REStful service handlers. One method is used to construct the response and another method is to hold the different HTTP status code and its respectvie messages. Such common methods can be added to this class and this can be made a base class for all RESTful handler classes.

    A simple RESTful webservices base class
    Use this as a template and build upon it
    class SimpleRest {
    	private $httpVersion = "HTTP/1.1";
    	public function setHttpHeaders($contentType, $statusCode){
    		$statusMessage = $this -> getHttpStatusMessage($statusCode);
    		header($this->httpVersion. " ". $statusCode ." ". $statusMessage);		
    		header("Content-Type:". $contentType);
    	public function getHttpStatusMessage($statusCode){
    		$httpStatus = array(
    			100 => 'Continue',  
    			101 => 'Switching Protocols',  
    			200 => 'OK',
    			201 => 'Created',  
    			202 => 'Accepted',  
    			203 => 'Non-Authoritative Information',  
    			204 => 'No Content',  
    			205 => 'Reset Content',  
    			206 => 'Partial Content',  
    			300 => 'Multiple Choices',  
    			301 => 'Moved Permanently',  
    			302 => 'Found',  
    			303 => 'See Other',  
    			304 => 'Not Modified',  
    			305 => 'Use Proxy',  
    			306 => '(Unused)',  
    			307 => 'Temporary Redirect',  
    			400 => 'Bad Request',  
    			401 => 'Unauthorized',  
    			402 => 'Payment Required',  
    			403 => 'Forbidden',  
    			404 => 'Not Found',  
    			405 => 'Method Not Allowed',  
    			406 => 'Not Acceptable',  
    			407 => 'Proxy Authentication Required',  
    			408 => 'Request Timeout',  
    			409 => 'Conflict',  
    			410 => 'Gone',  
    			411 => 'Length Required',  
    			412 => 'Precondition Failed',  
    			413 => 'Request Entity Too Large',  
    			414 => 'Request-URI Too Long',  
    			415 => 'Unsupported Media Type',  
    			416 => 'Requested Range Not Satisfiable',  
    			417 => 'Expectation Failed',  
    			500 => 'Internal Server Error',  
    			501 => 'Not Implemented',  
    			502 => 'Bad Gateway',  
    			503 => 'Service Unavailable',  
    			504 => 'Gateway Timeout',  
    			505 => 'HTTP Version Not Supported');
    		return ($httpStatus[$statusCode]) ? $httpStatus[$statusCode] : $status[500];

    RESTful Web Service Handler

    This is the class that handles the REST request. You need to note couple of things carefully. First one is how the REST handler decides what kind of response format should be sent back. This is decided based on the Request Header paratmeter “Accept”. The protocol here is, when the request is sent, it should set the Request header parameter “Accept” and send it. The values can be like “application/json” or “application/xml” or “text/html”. Second thing you should note is the usage of Status codes. For success, status code 200 should be set in response and sent. Similarly there are different status codes available and they should be used according to the situation.

    class MobileRestHandler extends SimpleRest {
    	function getAllMobiles() {	
    		$mobile = new Mobile();
    		$rawData = $mobile->getAllMobile();
    		if(empty($rawData)) {
    			$statusCode = 404;
    			$rawData = array('error' => 'No mobiles found!');		
    		} else {
    			$statusCode = 200;
    		$requestContentType = $_SERVER['HTTP_ACCEPT'];
    		$this ->setHttpHeaders($requestContentType, $statusCode);
    		if(strpos($requestContentType,'application/json') !== false){
    			$response = $this->encodeJson($rawData);
    			echo $response;
    		} else if(strpos($requestContentType,'text/html') !== false){
    			$response = $this->encodeHtml($rawData);
    			echo $response;
    		} else if(strpos($requestContentType,'application/xml') !== false){
    			$response = $this->encodeXml($rawData);
    			echo $response;
    	public function encodeHtml($responseData) {
    		$htmlResponse = "<table border='1'>";
    		foreach($responseData as $key=>$value) {
        			$htmlResponse .= "<tr><td>". $key. "</td><td>". $value. "</td></tr>";
    		$htmlResponse .= "</table>";
    		return $htmlResponse;		
    	public function encodeJson($responseData) {
    		$jsonResponse = json_encode($responseData);
    		return $jsonResponse;		
    	public function encodeXml($responseData) {
    		// creating object of SimpleXMLElement
    		$xml = new SimpleXMLElement('<?xml version="1.0"?><mobile></mobile>');
    		foreach($responseData as $key=>$value) {
    			$xml->addChild($key, $value);
    		return $xml->asXML();
    	public function getMobile($id) {
    		$mobile = new Mobile();
    		$rawData = $mobile->getMobile($id);
    		if(empty($rawData)) {
    			$statusCode = 404;
    			$rawData = array('error' => 'No mobiles found!');		
    		} else {
    			$statusCode = 200;
    		$requestContentType = $_SERVER['HTTP_ACCEPT'];
    		$this ->setHttpHeaders($requestContentType, $statusCode);
    		if(strpos($requestContentType,'application/json') !== false){
    			$response = $this->encodeJson($rawData);
    			echo $response;
    		} else if(strpos($requestContentType,'text/html') !== false){
    			$response = $this->encodeHtml($rawData);
    			echo $response;
    		} else if(strpos($requestContentType,'application/xml') !== false){
    			$response = $this->encodeXml($rawData);
    			echo $response;

    RESTful Web Service Client

    To test a RESTful web service, you have write REST client pro-grammatically and consume the service. Other way is to use a REST client. There are many standalone REST clients available in the market. I generally use a Google Chrome plugin REST client. “Advance Rest Client” is a Google Chrome extension and it is a good REST client. You need add the extension and use it as below. Following are the screen shots of testing the above example RESTful web service.

    RESTful Web Service XML Output


    RESTful Web Service JSON Output


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