Pingback+webmention client and server implementation

v0.3.0 2016-08-10 19:33 UTC

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Pingback and webmention client and server implementation for PHP 5.3+.


Linkback server

The package provides a basic pingback+webmention server implementation that can be customized easily via callbacks.


$srv = new \PEAR2\Services\Linkback\Server();
$srv->addCallback(new PingbackLogger());


source URL
Remote URL that links to the local target URL
target URL
Local URL that gets linked by the source URL

Customization via callbacks

The server provides 4 types of callbacks to modify its behaviour. Each callback needs to implement one of the four interfaces:


Verifies that the target URL exists in the local system. Useful to filter out pingbacks for non-existant URLs.

FIXME: Default implementation


Fetches the source URL for further verification. Used to determine if the source URL really exists.

Services_Pingback provides the Services\Linkback\Server\Callback\FetchSource callback class that is automatically registered with the server.


Verifies that the source URL content really links to the target URL. Used to filter out fake pingbacks that do not actually provide links.

Services_Pingback provides the Services\Linkback\Server\Callback\LinkExists callback class that is automatically registered with the server.


After all verifications have been done, the storage finally handles the pingback - it could e.g. log it to a file or a database.

Services_Pingback does not provide a default storage implementation; you have to write it yourself.


See what we can learn from

Linkback client

Tell someone that you linked to him:

$from = '';
$to   = '';
$lbc  = new \PEAR2\Services\Linkback\Client();
$lbc->send($from, $to);

You can adjust the HTTP_Request2 settings:

$req = $lbc->getRequest();
        'ssl_verify_peer' => false,
        'ssl_verify_host' => false

And change the user agent header sent with the linkback requests:

$req = $lbc->getRequest();
$headers = $req->getHeaders();
$req->setHeader('user-agent', 'my blog engine');

And a debug mode is available, too:


This setting stores HTTP responses for later inspection.


With PEAR:

$ pear channel-discover
$ pear install pear2/pear2_services_linkback-alpha

Using composer:

$ composer require pear2/services_linkback

About Services_Linkback

Services_Linkback was written by Christian Weiske and is licensed under the LGPLv3 or later.

Bug tracker
The examples/ folder.
Unit test status