Consume a REST API in PHP

Today we’ll show you how to consume a REST API in PHP. In the previous article, we have explained about how to create a REST API in PHP.

Here we will try to consume the previously created REST API with a small example in PHP.

Steps to consume a REST API in PHP

  1. Create a REST API
  2. Create a HTML form
  3. Include jQuery and Bootstrap library
  4. Use AJAX method to pass data
  5. Make API call and retrieve data using PHP cURL
  6. Output

1. Create a REST API

First, create a REST API before starting an example. Refer to the following article to create a REST API with MySQL.

Create a REST API in PHP with MySQL

2. Create a HTML form

Let’s create an HTML form where we will add the dropdown list and bind the customer list from the database to that dropdown. By selecting the customer from the dropdown to make an API call and get more details.

customer.php

3. Include jQuery and Bootstrap library

If you noticed that we have already included the jQuery and Bootstrap library in the HTML page. The jQuery will be used to work with Ajax call and the bootstrap library is added to the form for styling.

4. Use AJAX method to pass data

Here, we will call an Ajax method to pass the selected customer id from the dropdown. Add the following code to the customer.php file.

5. Make API call and retrieve data using PHP cURL

Now, we will create a getData.php file to get the customer records based on the customer id and return the customer details.

getData.php

6. Output

After combining the all code together, your project structure should look like below.

Project Structure - Consume a REST API in PHP - Clue Mediator
Project Structure – Consume a REST API in PHP – Clue Mediator

.htaccess

api.php

connection.php

customer.php

getData.php

Run the customer.php file in the browser to check the output.

Output - Consume a REST API in PHP - Clue Mediator
Output – Consume a REST API in PHP – Clue Mediator

That’s it for today.
Thank you for reading. Happy Coding..!!

Demo & Source Code

Github Repository

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