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A PHP library for plugging into HTTP sockets. Latest Stable Version Latest Unstable Version

  • PHP 7.4 (main, 2.x)


Use Composer. There are two ways to add this library to your project.

From the composer CLI:

./composer.phar require modethirteen/hyperplug

Or add modethirteen/hyperplug to your project's composer.json:

    "require": {
        "modethirteen/hyperplug": "dev-main"

dev-main is the main development branch. If you are using this library in a production environment, it is advised that you use a stable release.

Assuming you have setup Composer's autoloader, the library can be found in the modethirteen\Http\ namespace.

Getting Started

A quick example:

$plug = new Plug(XUri::newFromString(''))
    ->withResultParser(new JsonParser());
$result = $plug->at('users', 'bob')
if($result->isSuccess()) {

    // great job!
    echo $result->getVal('body/name');


// the library allows for programmatic URL construction and parsing
$uri = XUri::newFromString('')

    // every step in a URL builder returns an immutable XUri object
    ->withQueryParam('xyzzy', 'plugh')
        'bar' => 'qux',
        'baz' => 'fred'

// QueryParams objects are normally immutable
$params = $uri->getQueryParams();

// we can change the data structure of a QueryParams object if we must
$params = $params->toMutableQueryParams();
$params->set('baz', 'abc');

// QueryParams are also iterable
foreach($params as $param => $value) {
    $uri = $uri->withReplacedQueryParam($param, $value);

// what does our URL look like now?
$result = $uri->toString(); //

// we can give our XUri object to a Plug to create a client
$plug = new Plug($uri);

// like every object in this library, attaching new values or behaviors to plugs is by default immutable
// ...and returns a new object reference

// add credentials for authorization
$plug->withCredentials('franz', 'beckenbauer');

// or a bearer token
$plug->withHeader('Authorization', 'Bearer 12345');

// we can add some additional URL path segments and query parameters that weren't part of the constructing URL
$plug = $plug->at('another', 'additional', 'endpoint', 'segment')->with('more', 'params');

// how many redirects will we follow?
$plug = $plug->withAutoRedirects(2);

// HTTP requests often need HTTP headers
$plug = $plug->withHeader('X-FcStPauli', 'hells')
    ->withAddedHeader('X-FcStPauli', 'bells')
    ->withHeader('X-HSV', 'you\'ll never walk again');

// ...or not
$plug = $plug->withoutHeader('X-HSV');

// the Headers object, like XUri and QueryParams, is normally immutable
$headers = $plug->getHeaders();
$result = $headers->getHeader('X-FcStPauli'); // ['hells', 'bells']
$result = $headers->getHeaderLine('X-FcStPauli'); // X-HSV: hells, bells

// but if you really want to...
$mutableHeaders = $headers->toMutableHeaders();
$mutableHeaders->set('X-HSV', 'keiner mag den hsv');

// a Headers object is iterable
foreach($mutableHeaders as $header => $values) {
    foreach($values as $value) {

        // HTTP headers can have multiple stored values
        // ...though normally sent via an HTTP client as comma separated on a single HTTP header line
        echo "{$header}: {$value}";

// also we can merge the two sets of Headers (the original and the mutated one)
// create a brand new object containing the values of both
$mergedHeaders = $headers->toMergedHeaders($mutableHeaders);

// we've built out a pretty complex HTTP client now
// ...but what if we want a client with a different URL but everything else the same?
$alternateApiPlug = $plug->withUri(XUri::newFromString(''));

// we are going to invoke an HTTP request
// ...pre and post invocation callbacks can attach special logic and handlers
// ...intended to be executed whenever or wherever this HTTP client is used
// ...maybe there is some logic we want to always perform at the moment the HTTP request is about to be sent?
$plug = $plug->withPreInvokeCallback(function(XUri $uri, IHeaders $headers) {

    // last chance to change the URL or HTTP headers before the request is made
    // ...URL and HTTP headers for the single request invocation can be mutated
    // ...this will not affect the URL or HTTP headers configured in the plug
    $headers->toMutableHeaders()->addHeader('something', 'contextual');

// multiple callbacks can be attached (they are executed in the order they are attached)
$plug = $plug->withPreInvokeCallback(function(XUri $uri, IHeaders $headers) {

// maybe we want to attach some special handlin that always executes when we receive an HTTP response?
$plug = $plug->withPostInvokeCallback(function(Result $result) {

    // perhaps there is special behavior to always trigger based on the HTTP response status code?
    if($result->is(403)) {

// HTTP responses can be parsed from text into traversable data structures by attaching one or more ResultParser objects
// ...parsing can be possibly memory intensive, so limits can be put on the allowed size of a response to parse
$plug = $plug->withResultParser((new JsonParser())->withMaxContentLength(640000));

// fetching resources is handled via HTTP GET
$result = $plug->get();

// deleting resources is handled via HTTP
$result = $plug->delete();

// POST or PUT can optionally send data, in a several different content types as needed
$result = $plug->post(
    (new MultiPartFormDataContent([
        'a' => 'b',
        'c' => 'd'
    ->withFileContent(new FileContent('/path/to/file'))
$result = $plug->put(new FileContent('/path/to/file'));
$result = $plug->post(new UrlEncodedFormDataContent([
    'e' => 'f',
    'g' => 'h'
$result = $plug->post(JsonContent::newFromArray([
    'a' => [
        'multi-dimensional' => [
$result = $plug->post(XmlContent::newFromArray([
    'another' => [
        'multi-dimensional' => [
        'formatted' => 'as xml'
$result = $plug->put(new TextContent('good old text!'));

You are encouraged to explore the library classes and tests to learn more about the capabilities not listed here.

Development and Testing

Contributions are always welcome from the community (there are defects and enhancements to address).

The library is tested through a combination of PHPUnit, MockPlug (an interceptor that matches HyperPlug invocations and returns mocked responses), and actual cURL-driven HTTP requests to a locally hosted httpbin server. Further code quality is checked using PHPStan (PHP Static Analysis Tool).

# fork and clone the HyperPlug repository
git clone{username}/HyperPlug.git

# install dependencies
composer install

# start the httpbin container
docker-compose up -d

# run static analysis checks
vendor/bin/phpstan analyse

# run tests
export HTTPBIN_BASEURI=http://localhost:8080
vendor/bin/phpunit --configuration phpunit.xml.dist


A PHP library for plugging into HTTP sockets







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