Custom Authentication

Custom authentication handlers are designed to be extremely simple to write. In order to write a handler, you’ll need to implement the Requests_Auth interface.

An instance of this handler is then passed in by the user via the auth option, just like for normal authentication.

Let’s say we have a HTTP endpoint that checks for the Hotdog header and authenticates you if said header is set to Yummy. (I don’t know of any services that do this; perhaps this is a market waiting to be tapped?)

class MySoftware_Auth_Hotdog implements Requests_Auth {
	protected $password;

	public function __construct($password) {
		$this->password = $password;

	public function register(Requests_Hooks &$hooks) {
		$hooks->register('requests.before_request', array(&$this, 'before_request'));

	public function before_request(&$url, &$headers, &$data, &$type, &$options) {
		$headers['Hotdog'] = $this->password;

We then use this in our request calls:

$options = array(
	'auth' => new MySoftware_Auth_Hotdog('yummy')
$response = Requests::get('', array(), $options);

(For more information on how to register and use hooks, see the hooking system documentation)