A PHP library to communicate with the ARIN database.

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A PHP library to communicate with the ARIN database (Reg-RWS).

Setting up data objects

There is a multitude of possibilities to set up the data object.

  • The XML leaf nodes (e.g. <city>) use setValue()
  • collection elements (such as <comment> or <originASes>) also support addValue()
  • all payloads use set() and add() together with the element name
  • payloads and collection elements implement the ArrayAccess interface. I.e. you can traverse the XML structure as if it were a multidimensional array (where collections represent numerically indexed and payloads associative arrays). Note that you can only set named leaf nodes’ values via array access (cf. $net['ASN'] vs. $net['net'] in the example below).
use Dormilich\WebService\ARIN\Elements\Element;
use Dormilich\WebService\ARIN\Payloads\Customer;
use Dormilich\WebService\ARIN\Payloads\Country;
use Dormilich\WebService\ARIN\Payloads\Net;
use Dormilich\WebService\ARIN\Payloads\NetBlock;

$customer = new Customer;

// adding simple values
  ->set('city', 'MyTown')
  ->set('postalCode', 12345)
// set values array style
$customer['city'] = 'AnyTown';

// delete values

// some elements know what to save
$customer['private'] = 'on';
var_dump($customer['private']->getValue()); // bool(true)
// …even if you use their alias
echo $customer['private']->getName(); // customerPrivate

// set up sub-payloads…
// …partially…
$customer['country']['code2'] = 'US';
// …or at once
$country = new Country;
$country['code3'] = 'USA';
$country['e164'] = 1;       # that’s the country calling code, btw.
$customer['country'] = $country;

// set up multi-line elements’ values…
  ->add('comment', 'line 1')
  ->add('comment', 'line 2')
$customer['comment'][] = 'line 3';
$customer['comment']->addValue('line 4');

// …edit them…
$customer['comment'][3] = 'LINE 4';

// …or delete selected ones

// element groups work similar (but you have to know what to put in!)
$net = new Net;
$net['ASN'][0] = Element::createWith('originAS', 'AS-007');

// and of course they are editable
$net['net'][0] = new NetBlock;
$net['net'][0]['start'] = '';
$net['net'][0]['end']   = '';

These data objects perform some basic validation (you can’t put an object into a field that expects a string and vice versa, some type-related fields allow only predefined values) but generally you have to know what belongs where.

Exceptions are fired for

  • invalid value types
  • value constraint violations
  • accessing non-existent fields

Setting up the web service

For the web service to work, you need a connection object that implements the ClientAdapter interface. This can be an existing library or you can write the connectivity functionality yourself (although I recommend the first option).

To configure the web service itself there are four options to set:

  • environment : either "live" for the prduction database or "test" for the OT&E database.
  • password : your respective API key for accessing either database.
  • encoding : the encoding charset for the XML you will send. Defaults to UTF-8.
  • strict : set this option to FALSE if you want to bypass the pre-serialisation validity check. Defaults to TRUE.

Working with the web service

There are two web service objects available: TicketRWS for anything that is processed through tickets (tickets, reports, and ROA) and CommonRWS that relates to CRUD operations (such as assigning a network to a customer).

use Dormilich\WebService\ARIN\WebService\CommonRWS;
use Dormilich\WebService\ARIN\Payloads\Customer;
use Dormilich\WebService\ARIN\Payloads\Net;

$client = new MyClient(…);
$arin = new CommonRWS($client, [
    'environment' => 'live',
    'password'    => 'my-arin-password',

/* set up customer */

$customer = new Customer;

# set up customer object…

// don’t ask me why customers have to be newly created for every net
$customer = $arin->create($customer, 'PARENT-NET-HANDLE');

/* set up net with that customer */

$net = new Net;

# assign network properties, among that…
$net['customer']  = $customer->getHandle();
$net['parentNet'] = 'PARENT-NET-HANDLE';

// don’t ask me why there is a need for a wrapper
$response = $arin->create($net);

// mind that a network assignment will result 
// in a ticket if the automated process failed.
try {
    $net = $response['net'];
catch (Exception $e) {
    $ticket = $response['ticket'];

// alternately fetch the first element
$net = $response[0];

if ($net instanceof Net) {
    # net successfully assigned

Error handling

The error handling depends on how your connection object handles HTTP errors. If the Reg-RWS returns an error payload, you can convert that to an object via Payload::loadXML() or you use the object you received from the web service call if your connection didn’t throw an exception.


All payloads and group elements are iterable and can therefore be used directly in a foreach() loop. Additionally, payloads can be serialised into JSON.

All elements can be converted into a string. If there is an XML attribute associated with that element, you can access it as the object’s property.