This library handles various UK postcode related tasks.
- Address lookup by postcode
- Postcode validation
- Generate valid UK postcodes
- Get a postcode's outward and inward codes
To install, just run the following composer command.
composer require rapidwebltd/php-postcodes
Postcode Lookup Services
Using some of the data retrieval features provided by this library requires a postcode lookup service. It currently supports the following postcode lookup services.
- Ideal Postcodes - https://ideal-postcodes.co.uk
- Postcode Anywhere (PCA Predict) - https://www.pcapredict.com/
Sign up at the respective website if you need to use these features.
You can then use the following code to get an appropriate postcode lookup service object.
$postcodeLookupService = new \RapidWeb\Postcodes\Objects\IdealPostcodes('API_KEY'); // OR $postcodeLookupService = new \RapidWeb\Postcodes\Objects\PostcodeAnywhere('API_KEY');
Get addresses by postcode
To retrieve the addresses associated with a UK postcode, just pass it to the method shown below. You will receive an array of address objects, appropriately split by their address lines and other details.
$addresses = $postcodeLookupService->getAddressesByPostcode('ST163DP');
You can validate a UK postcode is correct using the
Validator utility class. An example of
how to do so is shown below.
$validated = \RapidWeb\Postcodes\Utils\Validator::validatePostcode('ST163DP');
Please note that the postcode validation is case insensitive.
This library allows you generate a random, valid UK postcode. This makes use of the
Generator utility class, as shown below.
$postcode = \RapidWeb\Postcodes\Utils\Generator::generatePostcode();
Get outward and inward codes
The first part of the Postcode eg PO1 is called the outward code as it identifies the town or district to which the letter is to be sent for further sorting. The second part of the postcode eg 1EB is called the inward code.
$outwardCode = \RapidWeb\Postcodes\Utils\Tokenizer::outward('ST163JR'); // Returns ST16 $inwardCode = \RapidWeb\Postcodes\Utils\Tokenizer::inward('ST163JR'); // Returns 3JR