A PHP library for the Zabbix™ JSON-RPC API.
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PhpZabbixApi is an open-source PHP class library to communicate with the Zabbix™ JSON-RPC API.

Because PhpZabbixApi is generated directly from the origin Zabbix™ 2.0 PHP front-end source code / files, each real Zabbix™ JSON-RPC API method is implemented (hard-coded) directly as an own PHP method. This means PhpZabbixApi is IDE-friendly, because you've a PHP method for each API method, and there are no PHP magic functions or alike.


PhpZabbixApi is licensed under the MIT license.

Getting the thing

You can get PhpZabbixApi in 3 different ways:

Make sure the version of the library matches the Zabbix™ PHP front-end / API version.


If you want to build your own library, have a look at the configuration file inc/config.inc.php. You might want to point PATH_ZABBIX to your Zabbix™ installation directory.

If you setup everything correctly, you should be able to create the library by executing:

php build.php

There are also pre-built libraries available in the build/ directory, if you don't want to build it yourself.


Download a release and extract the pre-built PHP library from the build/ directory.

Make sure you've downloaded the following files and stored them in the same directory:

  • ZabbixApi.class.php
  • ZabbixApiAbstract.class.php

For example:

├── index.php
└── lib
    ├── ZabbixApiAbstract.class.php
    └── ZabbixApi.class.php


If you're using PHP composer, you can load the library directly via:

composer require confirm-it-solutions/php-zabbix-api:<version>

All tagged versions can be installed, for example:

composer require 'confirm-it-solutions/php-zabbix-api:2.2.2'
composer require 'confirm-it-solutions/php-zabbix-api:2.4.2'

If you're looking for more "bleeding-edge" versions (e.g. for testing), then you could also use branches:

composer require 'confirm-it-solutions/php-zabbix-api:2.2.*@dev'
composer require 'confirm-it-solutions/php-zabbix-api:2.4.*@dev'

Using the thing

Naming concept

To translate a Zabbix™ API call into a PHP method call, you can simply

  1. remove the dot
  2. capitalize the first letter of the action


Zabbix™ API         PHP API
-----------         -------
graph.get           graphGet()
host.massUpdate     hostMassUpdate()
dcheck.isWritable   dcheckIsWritable()

Customizing the API class

By default there are only 2 classes defined:

└── ZabbixApi

If you want to customize or extend the library, you might want to do that in the ZabbixApi class. Out of the box, ZabbixApi is an empty class inherited from ZabbixApiAbstract.

By customizing only ZabbixApi, you're able to update ZabbixApiAbstract (the build) at any time, without merging your customizations manually.

Basic usage

To use the PhpZabbixApi you just have to load ZabbixApi.class.php, create a new ZabbixApi instance, and you're ready to go:

// load ZabbixApi
require_once 'lib/ZabbixApi.class.php';
use ZabbixApi\ZabbixApi;

    // connect to Zabbix API
    $api = new ZabbixApi('http://zabbix.confirm.ch/api_jsonrpc.php', 'zabbix_user', 'zabbix_password');

    /* ... do your stuff here ... */
catch(Exception $e)
    // Exception in ZabbixApi catched
    echo $e->getMessage();

The API can also work with HTTP Basic Authroization, you just have to call the constructor with additional parameters:

// connect to Zabbix API with HTTP basic auth
$api = new ZabbixApi('http://zabbix.confirm.ch/api_jsonrpc.php', 'zabbix_user', 'zabbix_password', 'http_user', 'http_password');


Simple request

Here's a simple request to fetch all defined graphs via graph.get API method:

    // get all graphs
    $graphs = $api->graphGet();

    // print all graph IDs
    foreach($graphs as $graph)
        echo $graph->graphid."\n";

Request with parameters

Most of the time you want to define some specific parameters. Here's an example to fetch all CPU graphs via graph.get API method:

    // get all graphs named "CPU"
    $cpuGraphs = $api->graphGet(array(
        'output' => 'extend',
        'search' => array('name' => 'CPU')

    // print graph ID with graph name
    foreach($cpuGraphs as $graph)
        printf("id:%d name:%s\n", $graph->graphid, $graph->name);

Define default parameters

Sometimes you want to define default parameters, which will be included in each API request. You can do that by defining the parameters in an array via setDefaultParams():

    // use extended output for all further requests
        'output' => 'extend'

    // get all graphs named "CPU"
    $cpuGraphs = $api->graphGet(array(
        'search' => array('name' => 'CPU')

    // print graph ID with graph name
    foreach($cpuGraphs as $graph)
        printf("id:%d name:%s\n", $graph->graphid, $graph->name);

Get associative / un-indexed array

By default all API responses will be returned in an indexed array.

So if you then looking for a specific named graph, you've to loop through the indexed array and compare the name attribute of each element. This can be a bit of a pain, and because of that, there's a simple way to to get an associative instead of an indexed array. You just have to define the 2nd parameter of the API method, which is the name of attribute you'd like to use as an array key.

Here's an example to fetch all graphs in an associative array, with the graph's name as array key:

    // get all graphs in an associative array (key=name)
    $graphs = $api->graphGet(array(), 'name');

    // print graph ID with graph name
    if(array_key_exists('CPU Load Zabbix Server', $graphs))
        echo 'CPU Load graph exists';
        echo 'Could not find CPU Load graph';