module to implement a SOAP server in a Jelix application

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This is a module for Jelix, providing a Soap Response object and a SOAP coordinator, to allow to implement SOAP service in your application built with the Jelix framework. It can also generates automatically WSDL content.

It uses the PHP SOAP API so you have to configure your web server to include this extension.

This module is for Jelix 1.7.x and higher. See the jelix/jelix repository to see its history before Jelix 1.7.

Setting up the module

Install it by hands like any other Jelix modules, or use Composer if you installed Jelix 1.7+ with Composer.

In your project:

composer require "jelix/soap-server-module"

Launch the configurator for your application to enable the module

php dev.php module:configure jsoap

A new entrypoint is created and declared into your app/system/framework.ini.php and app/system/urls.xml.

Then launch the installer to activate the module

php install/installer.php

Using the module


Since it is a specific type of request, a controller filename must be suffixed by ".soap.php". For example, for a "default" controller: default.soap.php. (it can co-exists with a “default” classic controller such as “default.classic.php”).

Method of a soap controller

The content of a controller is similar of a classical controller, with few differences. You will retrieve a jResponseSoap object for the response, which have the alias: "soap".

class defaultCtrl extends jController {

     * Test with a simple parameter
     * @externalparam string $name
     * @return string
    function hello() {
        $resp = $this->getResponse('soap');
        $resp->data = "Hello ".$this->param('name');
        return $resp;

Each action of a controller will be in fact a "soap method".

Declaring the type of parameters and the return value

A "soap method" have parameters and should receive a value. You should indicate their type so Jelix could generate correctly soap and xsl messages.

To do it, just add "doc comments" (like for phpdoc), and indicates the type of parameters and of the return value, by using some @externalparam tags and a @return tag (we are using @externalparam instead of @param because these are not parameters of the PHP method). Ex:

    @externalparam string $myparameter

Here it indicates that the soap parameter $myparameter is a string. Other possible types are "integer", "int", "boolean", "float".

If you want to indicate an array, add the type name followed by []:

    @externalparam string[] $array_of_string

If it is an associative array, use [=>]:

    @externalparam string[=>] $array_of_string

If you want to use complex type, like your own objects for parameters or return values. The classes of this objects should be include in the file of the controller or should be able to be autoloaded.

Here an exemple of an object use for a parameter MyTestStruct:

 * Struct used for tests
class MyTestStruct {
     * @var string
    public $name = 'Dupont';

     * @var string
    public $firstName = 'Bertrand';

     * @var string
    public $city = 'Paris';

Note the use of the required "@var" keyword to indicate the type of each properties.

Then in your controller, don't forget to indicate MyTestStruct for parameters or returned values:

     * for this method, we receive a MyTestStruct and return a MyTestStruct object
     * @externalparam MyTestStruct $input
     * @return MyTestStruct
    function receiveObject() {
        $resp = $this->getResponse('soap');
        $input = $this->param('input');
        $input->name = 'Name updated';
        $resp->data = $input;
        return $resp;

Of course, MyTestStruct can have some properties with complex type:

 * An other struct used for test, this one have an other object as member propertie
class MyTestStructBis {

     * @var MyTestStruct
    public $test;

     * @var string
    public $msg = 'hello';

    function __construct(){
        $this->test = new MyTestStruct();

Retrieve the URL of a service

You retrieve an url for a soap action like this:

  $url = jUrl::get("mymodule~myaction@soap");

Using the WSDL service

When you use the SOAP protocol, you should provide some WSDL files, which allows SOAP clients to know what are available SOAP methods.

The jsoap module provides features to generate WSDL. It contains a controller named "WSDL" with a wsdl() method. So, just indicate the url of this action to your soap client:

Note that you should give a "service" parameter indicating the controller which contains the web services. You can have more than one soap controller, but there is no way to return automatically a WSDL file for all soap web services implemented in your application.

You can display a HTML version of the list of SOAP services, by calling the index() method of the WSDL controller:

Unit tests

Unit tests are in Testapp, in the jelix/jelix repository.