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YiiYQL is a very simple wrapper to the Yahoo! Query Language(YQL) Web service API to make it even easier to use in a Yii application.

Initial Installation

You can either download the source files or clone from:


Then just add them to the extensions folder under your Yii application.


$yql = new YqlRequest();
$yql->select = '*';
$yql->from = 'rss';
$yql->where = 'url=""';
$yql->itemName = 'item';
$response = $yql->execute();

//check for errors
	//do some error handling, the error object is returned via $response->error
	echo $response->error->description;
	//process the returned data

You can also just set the query directly on the request object. This should be used for more complex queries:

$yql = new YqlRequest();
$yql->query = 'select * from search.web where query in (select title from rss where url="" | truncate(count=1)) limit 1';
$yql->itemName = 'result';
$response = $yql->execute();

The itemName property of the request object is important to understand. This completely depends on the request you are making. It is the repeated field (like a row in an SQL table) in the returned response. In the above examples, it is item when we queried the rss feed, but it is result for a query against the table. For Youtube is it video, for Flickr it is photo, etc.

You should use the YQL Console to see the available tables and to test our your YQL query statements and syntax. You can view the formatted results using this tool. A snipped of a response from a flickr request looks like

"query": {
  "count": "20",
  "created": "2010-11-16T04:42:51Z",
  "lang": "en-US",
  "results": {
   "photo": [

The first property under the results object is what needs to be specified as the request itemName property. In this case, you can see it is photo.


This extension as two main classes, and a custom Data Provider class for ease of use with Zii data display widgets.

YqlRequest class

Encapsulates the YQL request. When making the actual call to the Yahoo Web service, it will use cUrl if available, otherwise it will use file_get_contents. Only JSON requests are supported.

You can also set its responseCacheDuration property to cache the response if you have your application configured for caching.

YqlResponse class

Encapsulates the YQL response. Provides easy access to the successful results via the ->results call, or in the event there was an error, to the error object ->error.


A basic data provider that will manage its data via the request and response objects. You can use as follows:

$dataProvider=new YqlDataProvider('item', array(
		'select'=>'title, link, description',


$dataProvider=new YqlDataProvider('video', array(
	'query'=>"select title from youtube.searchuu where query='louis ck'",

The first item is the itemName of the expected results, and the second specifies the initial configuration params.

Quick-start guide

  1. copy the yiiyql folder, which includes YqlRequest.php, YqlResponse.php and YqlDataProvider.php under the protected/extensions/ directory within your Yii application

  2. Either Include (require_once) these whenever you need to access, or add to the import block in your Yii config file :

     // autoloading model and component classes
  3. Use it! Either create the request object and use directly, or use the dataProvider approach. Both are shown in the above examples.


YQL Guide