A simple PHP implementation of the JSend specification.

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A simple PHP implementation of the JSend specification.


use JSend\JSendResponse;

New response

$success = new JSendResponse('success', $data);
$fail = new JSendResponse('fail', $data);
$error = new JSendResponse('error', $data, 'Not cool.', 9001);
$success = JSendResponse::success($data);
$fail = JSendResponse::fail($data);
$error = JSendResponse::error('Not cool.', 9001, $data);

Note: an InvalidJSendException is thrown if the status is invalid or if you're creating an error without a message.

Convert JSendResponse to JSON

__toString() is overridden to encode JSON automatically.

$json = $success->encode();
$json = (string) $success;

As JSendResponse is JsonSerializable, you can use the object directly in json_encode


Setting flags

You can set flags if needed:

$success->setEncodingOptions(\JSON_PRETTY_PRINT | \JSON_BIGINT_AS_STRING);
$json = $success->encode();

Convert JSON to JSendResponse

try {
    $response = JSendResponse::decode($json);
} catch (InvalidJSendException $e) {
    echo "You done gone passed me invalid JSend.";

Send JSON as HTTP Response

This sets the Content-Type header to application/json and spits out the JSON.

$jsend = new JSendResponse('success', $data);

Get info

$isSuccess = $response->isSuccess();
$isError = $response->isError();
$isFail = $response->isFail();
$status = $response->getStatus();
$data = $response->getData();
$array = $response->asArray();

Additionally, you can call the following methods on an error. A BadMethodCallException is thrown if the status is not error, so check first.

if ($response->isError()) {
    $code = $response->getErrorCode;
    $message = $response->getErrorMessage;


For your convenience, there is a dockerfile with the right dependencies (php, composer) available. Please use those to run various things (composer, phpunit, etc). You will need docker and docker-compose installed, but you don't need PHP or composer.

Setting up your install

Running ./install.sh will run composer for you in a development container. It does some magic with a .user.env file that will make sure you run all the stuff as your local user. This will help with access to the generated files.

You can run ./bin/composer if you want to do any composer things, like composer update. If that takes to long each time, you can jump in a shell by using ./bin/shell. This makes sure you always run your build (or test) commands in the right environment.

Testing and code quality

There are scripts in /bin to help you test for issues:

  • codeclimate: run various codeclimate checks, like phpcodesniffer, phan, etc. See .codeclimate.yml
  • phpunit: runs the testsuite

These tests are run on the CI as well, but please make sure they don't fail before you do a PR


  • Note that the composer.lock file is ignored. This is standard practice for libraries.
  • The current tests are done on php 7.2, but tests are for 7.3 and 7.4 as well


The library was written by Jamie Schembri. It has been transfered to the current account Nanne Huiges in december 2015.