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Seafile PHP SDK

This is a PHP package for accessing Seafile Web API.

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Unit tests License

What is Seafile?

  • Open Source Cloud Storage for your teams and organizations
  • Built in File Encryption, better Protecting your Privacy
  • Collaboration around Files, file locking and other features make collaboration easy.

How to get Started

To get started with Seafile PHP SDK, you may either set up your own private Seafile server (see or obtain a cloud account. Because the SDK is in its infancy it's highly recommended to set up a test server or create a test account.

It's not advisable yet to use your real server/account if you already got one.

After you have created your test account continue to the next step.

Roadmap and notes on development

Please note that this SDK currently is under active development and that things might change rather drastically.

If you are looking for stability please refer to stable tags.

Obtain API token

Please refer to the Seafile docs on how to obtain an API token.

This also applies to the token required for functional tests (TEST_SERVER_AUTHORIZATION_TOKEN).

Installing Seafile-PHP-SDK

The recommended way to install seafile-php-sdk is through Composer.

# Install Composer
curl -sS | php

Next, run the Composer command to install the latest stable version of seafile-php-sdk:

composer.phar require rsd/seafile-php-sdk
# composer.phar dump-autoload -o # not required anymore

After installing, you need to require Composer's autoloader:

require 'vendor/autoload.php';

You can then later update seafile-php-sdk using Composer:

composer.phar update
# composer.phar dump-autoload -o # not required anymore

Using Seafile PHP SDK

Hint: Have a look at bin/example.php -- everything this SDK can do is covered there!

Connecting to Seafile

First, you need to include the API token (see above):

$client = new Client(
        'base_uri' => '',
        'debug' => false,
        'headers' => [
            'Authorization' => 'Token ' . $token

List available libraries

$libraryResource = new Library($client);
$libs = $libraryResource->getAll();

foreach ($libs as $lib) {
    printf("Name: %s, ID: %s, is encrypted: %s\n", $lib->name, $lib->id, $lib->encrypted ? 'YES' : 'NO');

List directory contents

$directoryResource = new Directory($client);
$lib = $libraryResource->getById('some library ID of yours');
$items = $directoryResource->getAll($lib, '/'); // 2nd param is the name of the directory or '/' 

foreach ($items as $item) {
    printf("%s: %s (%d bytes)\n", $item->type, $item->name, $item->size);

Check if directory item exists

$parentDir = '/'; // DirectoryItem must exist within this directory
$directory = 'DirectoryName';
if($directoryResource->exists($lib, $directoryItemName, $parentDir) === false) {
 //  directory item does not exist

Be aware that because Seafile Web API does not provide a function to do this check on its own, all items of the directory will get loaded for iteration. So that's not very efficient.

Create directory

$parentDir = '/'; // Create directory within this folder
$directory = 'DirectoryName'; // name of the new Directory
$recursive = false; // recursive will create parentDir if not already existing
$success = $directoryResource->create($lib, $directory, $parentDir, $recursive);

Download file from unencrypted library

$dir = '/'; // dir in the library
$saveTo = '/tmp/'. $item->name; // save file to this local path
$fileResource = new File($client);
$downloadResponse = $fileResource->downloadFromDir($lib, $item, $saveTo, $dir);

Download file from encrypted library

Trying to download a file from an encrypted library without unlocking it first would inevitably fail, so just unlock (API docs say "decrypt") the library before attempting:

$success = $libraryResource->decrypt($libId, ['query' => ['password' => $password]]);
// rest is the same as 'Download file from unencrypted library', see above

Upload file

$fileToUpload = '/path/to/file/to/be/';
$dir = '/'; // directory in the library to save the file in
$response = $fileResource->upload($lib, $fileToUpload, $dir);
$uploadedFileId = (string)$response->getBody();

Update file

$response = $fileResource->update($lib, $newFilename, '/');
$updatedFileId = (string)$response->getBody();

Get file details

$directoryItem = $fileResource->getFileDetail($lib, '/' . basename($fullFilePath));

Get API user account info

$accountResource = new Account($client);

$accountType = $accountResource->getInfo();


Get all accounts

$accountResource = new Account($client);

$accountTypes = $accountResource->getAll();

foreach ($accountTypes as $accountType) {

Create account

$newAccountType = (new AccountType)->fromArray([
    'email' => '',
    'password' => 'password',
    'name' => 'Hugh Jazz',
    'note' => 'I will not waste chalk',
    'institution' => 'Duff Beer Inc.'

$success = $accountResource->create($newAccountType);

Update account

$updateAccountType = (new AccountType)->fromArray([
    'name' => 'Divine Hugh Jazz',
    'email' => ''

$success = $accountResource->update($updateAccountType);

Get account info by email address

$accountResource = new Account($client);

$accountType = $accountResource->getByEmail('');


Delete account

$accountResource = new Account($client);

$accountType = (new AccountType)->fromArray([
    'email' => ''

$success = $accountResource->remove($accountType);


$accountResource = new Account($client);

$success = $accountResource->removeByEmail('');

Get avatar of an account

$accountType = (new AccountType)->fromArray([
   'email' => ''

$avatarResource = new Avatar($client);



$libraryResource = new Library($client);
$directoryResource = new Directory($client);
$fileResource = new File($client);
$shareLinkResource = new ShareLinks($client);

// create share link for a file
$expire = 5;
$p = "/" . basename($newFilename);
$password = 'qwertz123';

$defaultPermissions = new SharedLinkPermissions(SharedLinkPermissions::CAN_DOWNLOAD);
$extendedPermissions = new SharedLinkPermissions(SharedLinkPermissions::CAN_DOWNLOAD | SharedLinkPermissions::CAN_EDIT);

$shareLinkType = $shareLinkResource->create($lib, $p, $defaultPermissions, $expire, $password);

// remove shared link
$success = $shareLinkResource->remove($shareLinkType);

Get all starred files, star and unstar file

$libraryResource = new Library($client);
$starredFileResource = new StarredFile($client);

// get all starred files
$dirItems = $starredFileResource->getAll();

// unstar all starred files
foreach ($dirItems as $dirItem) {
    $lib = $libraryResource->getById($dirItem->repo);
    $starredFileResource->unstar($lib, $dirItem);

// re-star all files
foreach ($dirItems as $dirItem) {
    $lib = $libraryResource->getById($dirItem->repo);
    $starredFileResource->star($lib, $dirItem);

Debugging and how to enable logging of requests and responses

This example requires monolog. Log entries and Guzzle debug info will be written to stdout.

$logger = new Logger('Logger');

$stack = HandlerStack::create();
        new MessageFormatter("{hostname} {req_header_Authorization} - {req_header_User-Agent} - [{date_common_log}] \"{method} {host}{target} HTTP/{version}\" {code} {res_header_Content-Length} req_body: {req_body} response_body: {res_body}")

$client = new Client(
        'base_uri' => '',
        'debug' => true,
        'handler' => $stack,
        'headers' => [
            'Authorization' => 'Token ' . $token


  • File::upload(): Parameter $newFilename actually does not set a new file name when uploading a file (thanks to


  • PHP >=8.0 64 bits
  • Guzzle 7.2

Seafile Web API Support Matrix

Resource Web API Version Support grade
Account v2 ★★★☆
Avatar v2.1 ★★★★
Events v2 Yet to be done, contact me
File Share Link v2.1 ★★★☆
Group v2 ★☆☆☆
Library/Directory v2 ★★☆☆
Library/File v2 ★★☆☆
Library/Library v2 ★★☆☆
Library/Multiple Files v2 ★★★★
Organization v2 Yet to be done, contact me
Starred Files v2 ★★★★

Seafile server compatibility

Tested with:

  • Seafile Server 5.1.3 for generic Linux/Debian Jessie
  • Seafile Server 5.1.3 for generic Linux/Debian Wheezy
  • Seafile Server 5.1.4 for generic Linux/Ubuntu Xenial
  • Seafile Server 6.0.3 for generic Linux/Ubuntu Xenial
  • Seafile Server 7.x+ for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS


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Please note that this package still is in its infancy. Only a part of the API has been implemented so far.

Pull requests are welcome. Please adhere to some very basic and simple principles:

  • Follow "separation of concern" on all levels: 1 issue == 1 pull request. Do not cover multiple issues in a pull request.
  • Unit tests raise the chance of your pull request getting accepted.
  • The same goes for PHPDoc blocks.


There are two types of tests:

  1. Unit tests that test a code unit without external dependencies and no data manipulation. Please always provide at least unit tests when contributing.
  2. Functional tests that run against a live server instance (=may have external dependencies) and also alter data. Disabled and thus skipped by default. Please refer to /phpunit/php in phpunit.xml.dist for information on how to enable functional tests.


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