Build and consume SOAP and WSDL based web services

5.2.1 2020-07-15 16:35 UTC


This fork provides the BeSimpleSoap bundle, updated to be compatible with Symfony 3.4 and 4.x (as well as with PHP 7.0-7.4).

We forked the official BeSimpleSoap repository in order to sucessfully maintain some of our projects.

We now have integrated changes and fixes from sub-forks (thank you guys!), and we should be up to date now :)

This fork is maintained by people from Cadoles.


We do welcome pull requests :) please include tests if you can.

Running tests can be done by running php vendor/bin/phpunit.


If you do not yet have composer, follow instructions on the Composer website to install it.

Then just running:

$ composer require cadoles/soap

should be enough to get you up and running.


BeSimpleSoap consists of five components ...


Refactored BeSimpleSoapClient is a component that extends the native PHP SoapClient with further features like SwA and WS-Security.


Refactored BeSimpleSoapServer is a component that extends the native PHP SoapServer with further features like SwA and WS-Security.


Refactored BeSimpleSoapCommon component contains functionality shared by both the server and client implementations.


Untouched! The component is not affected by refactoring so it should work properly. For further information see the original README.


Unsupported! The BeSimpleSoapBundle is a Symfony2 bundle to build WSDL and SOAP based web services. For further information see the the original README. Will not work since the Symfony libraries were removed and usages of other components were not refactored. Feel free to fork this repository and fix it!

How to use

You can investigate the unit tests dir tests in order to get a clue. Forget about associative arrays, vague configurations, multiple extension and silent errors! This may look a bit more complex at the first sight, but it will guide you to configure and set up your client or server properly.

Example of soap client call

$soapClientBuilder = new SoapClientBuilder();
$soapClient = $soapClientBuilder->build(
$myRequest = new MyRequest();
$myRequest->attribute = 'string value';
$soapResponse = $soapClient->soapCall('myMethod', [$myRequest]);

var_dump($soapResponse); // Contains Response, Attachments

Something wrong?!

Turn on the tracking and catch SoapFaultWithTracingData exception to get some sweets :)

try {
    $soapResponse = $soapClient->soapCall('myMethod', [$myRequest]);
} catch (SoapFaultWithTracingData $fault) {

In this example, a MyRequest object has been used to describe request. Using a ClassMap, you help SoapClient to turn it into XML request.

Example of soap server handling

Starting a SOAP server is a bit more complex. I recommend you to inspect SoapServer unit tests for inspiration.

$dummyService = new DummyService();
$classMap = new ClassMap();
foreach ($dummyService->getClassMap() as $type => $className) {
    $classMap->add($type, $className);
$soapServerBuilder = new SoapServerBuilder();
$soapServerOptions = SoapServerOptionsBuilder::createWithDefaults($dummyService);
$soapOptions = SoapOptionsBuilder::createWithClassMap($dummyService->getWsdlPath(), $classMap);
$soapServer = $soapServerBuilder->build($soapServerOptions, $soapOptions);

$request = $soapServer->createRequest(
    '<received><soap><request><here /></request></soap></received>'
$response = $soapServer->handleRequest($request);

var_dump($response); // Contains Response, Attachments

In this example, a DummyService service has been used to handle request. Using a service can help you create coherent SoapServer endpoints. Service can hold an endpoint URL, WSDL path and a class map as associative array. You can hold a class map as ClassMap object directly in the DummyService instead of array.

In the service you should describe SOAP methods from given WSDL. In the example, the dummyServiceMethod is called. The method will receive request object and return response object that are matched according to the class map.

See a simplified implementation of dummyServiceMethod to get a clue:

 * @param DummyServiceRequest $dummyServiceRequest
 * @return DummyServiceResponse
public function dummyServiceMethod(DummyServiceRequest $dummyServiceRequest)
    $response = new DummyServiceResponse();
    $response->status = true;

    return $response;

For further information and getting inspiration for your implementation, see the unit tests in tests dir.