In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to get json from url in php script. JSON has become a popular way to exchange data and web services outputs in json format. To send a HTTP request and parse JSON response from URL is fairly simple in php but newbies may find how to parse json difficult.
Let's see how to build a php json parser script. For this script, I’m going to access Google MAP web service via API and get latitude and longitude co-ordinates for a location. Google map api produces both json/xml output. But for this example I’m going to get the json response and show you how to parse json object to retrieve the geo-metric details.
How to Get JSON from URL in PHP
This is the php script to read the json data from url.
<?php // set location $address = "Brooklyn+NY+USA"; //set map api url $url = "http://maps.google.com/maps/api/geocode/json?address=$address"; //call api $json = file_get_contents($url); $json = json_decode($json); $lat = $json->results->geometry->location->lat; $lng = $json->results->geometry->location->lng; echo "Latitude: " . $lat . ", Longitude: " . $lng; // output // Latitude: 40.6781784, Longitude: -73.9441579 ?>
The above php script sends a HTTP request to Google MAP web service along with a parameter containing a physical address. The API in turn returns the geometric co-ordinates for the address as json string - which we further decode into a php object and parse it to retrieve the latitude and longitude details.
The php function
file_get_contents($url) send a http request to the provided url and returns json data.
json_decode($json) decodes the provided json string and returns as a PHP object.
As simple as that you can parse json response. That was all about getting json from url in php.