SDK for connecting to the Blipfoto API.

0.1 2014-12-19 17:23 UTC


The Blipfoto SDK for PHP lets you integreate easily with the Blipfoto API.


  • PHP 5.4.0 or greater
  • libcurl


To install the SDK, we recommend using Composer. Just add the following to your composer.json file and run composer update:

	"require": {
		"blipfoto/blipfoto": "dev-master"

Alternatively, you can clone the GitHub repository and add the classes using your own auto-loader.

Basic usage

Create a Blipfoto\Api\Client instance, passing in your app's client_id and client_secret:

use Blipfoto\Api\Client;

$client = new Client('abcd', '1234');

The client's get(), post(), put() and delete() convenience methods all accept a resource as the first argument, and an optional array of parameters / values in the second argument.

$response = $client->get('user/profile', [
	'username' => 'arya'
var_dump($response->data()); // => [...]

A Response object is returned. Its data() method returns an array, the contents of which depends on the resource being called. Note you can pass a period-separated key to data() for quick access to a nested item in the array:

echo $response->data('user.username');	//=> 'arya'

Uploading files

To upload files during post() or put(), pass an array of parameters / file paths in the third argument:

$response = $client->post('entry', [
	'title' => 'Ser Bronn'
], [
	'image => 'bronn.jpg'


If something goes wrong, a subclass of Blipfoto\Exceptions\BaseException will be thrown. The type of exceptions are:

  • FileException

    Thrown when a problem was encountered with a file upload.

  • NetworkException

    Thrown when a connection fails, times out, etc.

  • InvalidResponseException

    Thrown when the server returns a response that can't be understood.

  • OAuthException

    Thrown when OAuth is misconfigured or the user denies permisson to your app during the auth flow.

  • ApiResponseException

    Thrown when the API returns an Error object.


By default, the client will authorize using App auth, i.e. just sending your app's client ID. To perform an action on behalf of a user, you'll need to obtain an access token for the user using OAuth 2.

The Blipfoto\Api\OAuth class makes this easy. Your Client can create an instance for you :

$oauth = $client->oauth();

Now call authorize(), passing in the redirect_uri in your app settings, and optionally the scope of the token you're requesting (default is read-only):

$oauth->authorize('', Client::SCOPE_READ_WRITE);

The user can now grant or deny app permissions, and will be taken back to your redirect_uri. On this page, we create the OAuth instance as before, obtain the access token and store it on the client:

$oauth = $client->oauth();
try {
	$token = $oauth->getToken();
} catch (OAuthException $e) {
	// handle OAuth errors here

You'll probably want to store this token somewhere in your database, so your users don't have to authorize each time they use your app.

Custom requests

There may be cases where you need more visibility into the underlying request. The Client's before() and after() methods accept a callback which is invoked immediately before / after the request is sent. This lets you inspect or customize the request, for example adding your own curl options:

$client->before(function($request) {
	// customise timeout
	curl_setopt($request->curl(), CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, 5);


This software is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details.