Using API’s is essential in any developers life and I like to keep things simple where I can so using a PHP curl request is great for me. I use this code in everyday development life and I’m hoping it help someone else.
URL endpoint (url address from where you are requesting data)
Content-Type (what format of data are you requesting)
Your Good To Go
In a new php file you will need the following code (I will explain what variables go where soon)
$headers = array( 'Host: accounts.google.com', 'Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded' ); $ch = curl_init(); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url ); //curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, TRUE ); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $headers ); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, count($fields)); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $fields_string); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1); $result = curl_exec($ch); curl_close($ch);
First you will have to create the headers variable with the content type and host url (this will be provided by the API host)
I have commented out the header function this will bring back the HTTP headers with the request (great for debugging)
In the CURLOPT_POST I count how many fields I am posting into the API (this is not essential)
Then ing the CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS you will add the data you wish to send in the format requested for the API.
Now $result will have the data sent back from the API.
Remember is you get errors try showing the HTTP headers as it could be a simple case of wrong url (I have done that many times)
I will be posting examples of GET and PUT curl request soon. 🙂