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Unirest is a set of lightweight HTTP libraries available in multiple languages, ideal for most applications:

Created with love by thefosk @ mashape.com

To the community: At this time Unirest-PHP only support syncronous requests, and I would really love to implement asynchronous support. If you guys have any feedback or ideas please comment on issue #23.

Install with Composer

If you're using Composer to manage dependencies, you can add Unirest with it.

  "require" : {
    "mashape/unirest-php" : "dev-master"
  "autoload": {
    "psr-0": {"Unirest": "lib/"}

Install source from GitHub

Unirest-PHP requires PHP v5.3+. Download the PHP library from Github, and require in your script like so:

To install the source code:

$ git clone git@github.com:Mashape/unirest-php.git 

And include it in your scripts:

require_once '/path/to/unirest-php/lib/Unirest.php';

Creating Request

So you're probably wondering how using Unirest makes creating requests in PHP easier, let's look at a working example:

$response = Unirest::post("http://httpbin.org/post", array( "Accept" => "application/json" ),
    "parameter" => 23,
    "foo" => "bar"

$response->code; // HTTP Status code
$response->headers; // Headers
$response->body; // Parsed body
$response->raw_body; // Unparsed body

File Uploads

To upload files in a multipart form representation use the return value of Unirest::file($path) as the value of a parameter:

$response = Unirest::post("http://httpbin.org/post", array( "Accept" => "application/json" ),
    "file" => Unirest::file("/tmp/file.txt") // Tells Unirest where the file is located

Custom Entity Body

Sending a custom body such as a JSON Object rather than a string or form style parameters we utilize json_encode for the body:

$response = Unirest::post("http://httpbin.org/post", array( "Accept" => "application/json" ),
      "parameter" => "value",
      "foo" => "bar"

Basic Authentication

Authenticating the request with basic authentication can be done by providing the username and password arguments:

$response = Unirest::get("http://httpbin.org/get", null, null, "username", "password");


Unirest::get($url, $headers = array(), $parameters = NULL, $username = NULL, $password = NULL)
Unirest::post($url, $headers = array(), $body = NULL, $username = NULL, $password = NULL)
Unirest::put($url, $headers = array(), $body = NULL, $username = NULL, $password = NULL)
Unirest::patch($url, $headers = array(), $body = NULL, $username = NULL, $password = NULL)
Unirest::delete($url, $headers = array(), $body = NULL, $username = NULL, $password = NULL)


Upon recieving a response Unirest returns the result in the form of an Object, this object should always have the same keys for each language regarding to the response details.

Advanced Configuration

You can set some advanced configuration to tune Unirest-PHP:


You can set a custom timeout value (in seconds):

Unirest::timeout(5); // 5s timeout

Default Request Headers

You can set default headers that will be sent on every request:

Unirest::defaultHeader("Header1", "Value1");
Unirest::defaultHeader("Header2", "Value2");

You can clear the default headers anytime with:


SSL validation

You can explicitly enable or disable SSL certificate validation when consuming an SSL protected endpoint:

Unirest::verifyPeer(false); // Disables SSL cert validation

By default is true.