Official PHP library for the Vimeo API.

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This is a simple PHP library for interacting with the Vimeo API.

Get started with the Vimeo API

There is a lot of information about the Vimeo API at Most of your questions are answered there!

Direct Help

NOTE: How to use the PHP library with Vimeo dot notation documentation.

The API docs often uses dot notation to represent a hierarchy of data, like this: privacy.view. Because this library sends all data using JSON, you must use nested associative arrays, not dot notation.

// The documentation refers to the following as `privacy.view`
$params = ['privacy' => ['view' => 'disable']];


  1. Require this package, with Composer, in the root directory of your project.
composer require vimeo/vimeo-api

Please note that this library requires at least PHP 7.1 installed. If you are on PHP 5.6, or PHP 7.0, please use install the package with the following:

composer require vimeo/vimeo-api ^2.0
  1. Use the library $lib = new \Vimeo\Vimeo($client_id, $client_secret).


Generate your access token

All requests require access tokens. There are two types of access tokens:

  • Unauthenticated - Access tokens without a user. These tokens can view only public data.
  • Authenticated - Access tokens with a user. These tokens interact on behalf of the authenticated user.


Unauthenticated API requests must generate an access token. You should not generate a new access token for each request. Instead, request an access token once and use it forever.

// `scope` is an array of permissions your token needs to access.
// You can
$token = $lib->clientCredentials(scope);

// usable access token

// accepted scopes

// use the token


  1. Build a link to Vimeo so your users can authorize your app.
$url = $lib->buildAuthorizationEndpoint($redirect_uri, $scopes, $state)
Name Type Description
redirect_uri string The URI the user is redirected to in Step 3. This value must be provided to every step of the authorization process, including creating your app, building your authorization endpoint, and exchanging your authorization code for an access token.
scope array An array of permissions your token needs to access. You can read more at
state string A value unique to this authorization request. You should generate it randomly and validate it in Step 3.
  1. Your user needs to access the authorization endpoint (either by clicking the link or through a redirect). On the authorization endpoint, the user will have the option to deny your app any scopes you have requested. If they deny your app, they are redirected back to your redirect_url with an error parameter.

  2. If the user accepts your app, they are redirected back to your redirect_uri with a code and state query parameter (eg.

    1. You must validate that the state matches your state from Step 1.
    2. If the state is valid, you can exchange your code and redirect_uri for an access token.
// `redirect_uri` must be provided, and must match your configured URI
$token = $lib->accessToken(code, redirect_uri);

// Usable access token

// Accepted scopes

// Set the token

For additional information, check out the example.

Make requests

The API library has a request method that takes three parameters. It returns an associative array containing all of the relevant request information.


Name Type Description
url string The URL path (e.g.: /users/dashron).
params string An object containing all of your parameters (e.g.: { "per_page": 5, "filter" : "featured"} ).
method string The HTTP method (e.g.: GET).
$response = $lib->request('/me/videos', ['per_page' => 2], 'GET');


The response array contains three keys.

Name Type Description
body array The parsed request body. All responses are JSON, so we parse this for you and give you the result.
status number The HTTP status code of the response. This partially informs you about the success of your API request.
headers array An associative array containing all of the response headers.
$response = $lib->request('/me/videos', ['per_page' => 2], 'GET');

Uploading videos

Upload videos from the server

To upload videos, you must call the upload method. It accepts two parameters. It returns the URI of the new video.

Internally, this library executes a tus upload approach and sends a file to the server with the tus upload protocol.

For more information, check out the example

Name Type Description
file string Full path to the upload file on the local system.
params array Parameters to send when creating a new video (name, privacy restrictions, etc.). See the /me/videos documentation for supported parameters.
$response = $lib->upload('/home/aaron/Downloads/ada.mp4')

// With parameters.
$response = $lib->upload('/home/aaron/Downloads/ada.mp4', [
    'name' => 'Ada',
    'privacy' => [
        'view' => 'anybody'

Replace videos from the server

To replace the source file of a video, you must call the replace method. It accepts two parameters. It returns the URI of the replaced video.

Name Type Description
video_uri string The URI of the original video. Once uploaded and successfully transcoded, your source video file is swapped with this new video file.
file string Full path to the upload file on the local system.
$response = $lib->replace('/videos/12345', '/home/aaron/Downloads/ada-v2.mp4')

Upload or replace videos from the client

To upload from the client, you must mix some server-side and client-side API requests. We support two workflows, the first of which is much easier than the second.

Simple POST uploads

This workflow is well documented on Vimeo's developer site. You can read more here:

Streaming uploads

Streaming uploads support progress bars and resumable uploading. If you want to perform these uploads client-side, you need to start with some server-side requests.

Read through the Vimeo documentation first. Steps 1 and 4 should be performed on the server, while Steps 2 and 3 can be performed on the client. With this workflow, the video is never transferred to your servers.

Upload videos from a URL

Uploading videos from a public URL (also called "pull uploads") uses a single, simple API call.

$video_response = $lib->request(
        'upload' => [
            'approach' => 'pull',
            'link' => $url

Upload images

To upload an image, call the uploadImage method. It takes three parameters.

For more information check out the example.

Name Type Description
pictures_uri string The URI to the pictures collection for a single resource, such as /videos/12345/pictures. You can always find this in the resource representation.
file string Full path to the upload file on the local system.
activate boolean (Optional) Defaults to false. If true, this picture will become the default picture for the associated resource.
$response = $lib->uploadImage('/videos/12345/pictures', '/home/aaron/Downloads/ada.png', true)


If you have any questions or problems, create a ticket or contact us.

Framework integrations

If you have integrated Vimeo into a popular PHP framework, let us know!


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