Requests for PHP

A humble HTTP request library. Simplify how you interact with other sites and leave your worries behind.

WpOrg\Requests\Requests::get('', array('Accept' => 'application/json'));

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Requests for PHP

Requests is a HTTP library written in PHP, for human beings. It is roughly based on the API from the excellent Requests Python library. Requests is ISC Licensed (similar to the new BSD license) and has no dependencies, except for PHP 5.6+.

Despite PHP’s use as a language for the web, its tools for sending HTTP requests are severely lacking. cURL has an interesting API, to say the least, and you can’t always rely on it being available. Sockets provide only low level access, and require you to build most of the HTTP response parsing yourself.

We all have better things to do. That’s why Requests was born.

$headers = array('Accept' => 'application/json');
$options = array('auth' => array('user', 'pass'));
$request = WpOrg\Requests\Requests::get('', $headers, $options);

// int(200)

// string(31) "application/json; charset=utf-8"

// string(26891) "[...]"

Requests allows you to send HEAD, GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, and PATCH HTTP requests. You can add headers, form data, multipart files, and parameters with basic arrays, and access the response data in the same way. Requests uses cURL and fsockopen, depending on what your system has available, but abstracts all the nasty stuff out of your way, providing a consistent API.



Install with Composer

If you’re using Composer to manage dependencies, you can add Requests with it.

composer require rmccue/requests


    "require": {
        "rmccue/requests": "^2.0.10"

Install source from GitHub

To install the source code:

$ git clone

Next, include the autoloader in your scripts:

require_once '/path/to/Requests/src/Autoload.php';

You’ll probably also want to register the autoloader:


Install source from zip/tarball

Alternatively, you can fetch a tarball or zipball:

$ curl -L | tar xzv
$ wget -O - | tar xzv

Using a Class Loader

If you’re using a class loader (e.g., Symfony Class Loader) for PSR-4-style class loading:

$loader = new Psr4ClassLoader();
$loader->addPrefix('WpOrg\\Requests\\', 'path/to/vendor/Requests/src');


The best place to start is our prose-based documentation, which will guide you through using Requests.

After that, take a look at the documentation for \WpOrg\Requests\Requests::request(), where all the parameters are fully documented.

Requests is 100% documented with PHPDoc. If you find any problems with it, create a new issue!


Requests strives to have 100% code-coverage of the library with an extensive set of tests. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re getting close.

To run the test suite, first check that you have the PHP JSON extension enabled. Then simply:

$ phpunit

If you’d like to run a single set of tests, specify just the name:

$ phpunit Transport/cURL

Requests and PSR-7/PSR-18

PSR-7 describes common interfaces for representing HTTP messages. PSR-18 describes a common interface for sending HTTP requests and receiving HTTP responses.

Both PSR-7 as well as PSR-18 were created after Requests’ conception. At this time, there is no intention to add a native PSR-7/PSR-18 implementation to the Requests library.

However, the amazing Artur Weigandt has created a package, which allows you to use Requests as a PSR-7 compatible PSR-18 HTTP Client. If you are interested in a PSR-7/PSR-18 compatible version of Requests, we highly recommend you check out this package.


  1. Check for open issues or open a new issue for a feature request or a bug.
  2. Fork the repository on Github to start making your changes to the develop branch (or branch off of it).
  3. Write one or more tests which show that the bug was fixed or that the feature works as expected.
  4. Send in a pull request.

If you have questions while working on your contribution and you use Slack, there is a #core-http-api channel available in the WordPress Slack in which contributions can be discussed.

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