A PHP class for creating a Pass for Passbook in iOS 6. Automatically creates the manifest.json file, signs the pass and deploys it as a .pkpass file.
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PHP PKPass class for iOS 6 Passbook

This class provides the functionality to create an Pass for Passbook in Apple's iOS 6 and newer on-the-fly. It creates, signs and packages the Pass as a .pkpass file according to Apple's documentation.


  • PHP 5
  • PHP ZIP Support (May be installed by default)
  • Access to filesystem (Script must be able to create temporary folders)



Run: $ composer require pkpass/pkpass

or add to your composer.json: "pkpass/pkpass": "dev-master"


Require PKPass.php file in yours phps require('PKPass.php');


Please take a look at the example.php file for example usage. For more info on the JSON for the pass and how to style it, take a look at the docs at developers.apple.com.


Requesting the Pass Certificate

  1. Go to the iOS Provisioning portal
  2. Create a new Pass Type ID
  3. Request the certificate like shown
  4. Download the .cer file and drag it into Keychain Access
  5. Right click the certificate in Keychain Access and choose Export 'pass.<id>'…
  6. Choose a password and export the file to a folder

Getting the example.php sample to work

  1. Request the Pass certificate (.p12) and upload it to your server
  2. Set the correct path and password on line 6 and 7
  3. Download and import your WWDR Intermediate certificate to Keychain, export as .pem and set the correct path on line 8
  4. Change the passTypeIdentifier and teamIndentifier to the correct values, which can be found on the iOS Provisioning portal after clicking on 'Configure' next to the Pass ID, on line 15 and 17

After completing these steps, you should be ready to go. Upload all the files to your server and navigate to the address of the example.php file on your iPhone.

Support & documentation

Please read the instructions above and consult the Passbook Documentation before submitting tickets or requesting support.

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