Using the REST API with PHP

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The PHP ActiveResource way

Here is an example that uses PHP ActiveResource, a lightweight PHP library that can be used to access Rails' REST APIs:

require_once ('ActiveResource.php');

class Issue extends ActiveResource {
    var $site = 'http://username:password@';
    var $request_format = 'xml'; // REQUIRED!

// create a new issue
$issue = new Issue (array ('subject' => 'XML REST API', 'project_id' => '1'));
$issue->save ();
echo $issue->id;

// find issues
$issues = $issue->find ('all');
for ($i=0; $i < count($issues); $i++) {
    echo $issues[$i]->subject;

// find and update an issue
$issue->find (1);
echo $issue->subject;
$issue->set ('subject', 'This is the new subject')->save ();
// update status
$issue->set ('status_id', 2)->save();

// delete an issue
$issue->find (1);
$issue->destroy ();

Known issues

  • If you are working with large descriptions, the webserver can return a 417 error (Bad Expectation).
    You should replace line 381 in ActiveResource.php with the following code:
    curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, array ('Expect:',"Content-Type: text/xml", "Length: " . strlen ($params)));
  • If you are trying to use the class to write time_entries, you will get a 404 response (#9375). The reason for that is that the class is unable to create the correct singular form from the pluralized version of the entity name. (edit 2011-10-06: according to the website the bug was fixed in the latest release:
    This can be patched in ActiveResource.php by:
    1. adding the class variable $sOriginalElementName:
      protected $sOriginalElementName = '';
    2. changing the constructor to set the class variable using the original entity name before the pluralization is called:
      function __construct ($data = array ()) {
        $this->_data = $data;
        // add this line here - to store the original name of the entity
        $this->sOriginalElementName = ($this->element_name ? $this->element_name : strtolower (get_class ($this)));
        // Allow class-defined element name or use class name if not defined
        $this->element_name = ($this->element_name ? $this->pleuralize ($this->element_name) : $this->pleuralize (strtolower (get_class ($this))));
    3. and then changing the method _send_and_receive to use $sOriginalElementName instead of substr ($this->element_name, 0, -1):
      function _send_and_receive ($url, $method, $data = array ()) {
        $params = '';
        $el = $this->sOriginalElementName;//substr ($this->element_name, 0, -1);
        if ($this->request_format == 'url') {

Updated by Kevin Saliou almost 11 years ago · 14 revisions