Nasrul Hazim Bin Mohamad

Web Services: Slim Framework + Eloquent(Laravel)


Setting up the Restful API is easy with Slim Framework & Eloquent(Laravel). Here are the steps:

  1. Install required components via composer – Slim Framework + Eloquent(Laravel)
  2. Create a database called web_services and create users table.
  3. Setting up Eloquent
  4. Setting up Routes
  5. Final Touch
Web Service Restful API

Web Service Restful API

Install the necessary components using composer – create a composer.json and save it in a working directory and run composer install.

    "name": "Web Services",    
    "require": {
        "php": ">=5.3.0",
        "slim/slim": "2.*",
        "slim/views": "0.1.*",
        "illuminate/database": "5.0.*",
        "illuminate/events": "5.0.*"
    "autoload": {
        "classmap": [

We’re creating a simple web services for Users – Simple CRUD. Create a database called web_services and run the following SQL statement to create user table.

CREATE TABLE `users` (
  `id` int(11) unsigned NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
  `name` varchar(255) DEFAULT NULL,
  `email` varchar(255) DEFAULT NULL,
  `phone` varchar(45) DEFAULT NULL,
  `created_at` datetime DEFAULT NULL,
  `updated_at` datetime DEFAULT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY (`id`)

Next, setting up the Eloquent. Create a database.php in config folder(Please create this folder in the working directory) folder.

$database = [
    'driver'    => 'mysql',
    'host'      => 'localhost',
    'database'  => 'web_services',
    'username'  => 'root',
    'password'  => '',
    'charset'   => 'utf8',
    'collation' => 'utf8_unicode_ci',
    'prefix'    => '',

use IlluminateDatabaseCapsuleManager as Capsule;

$capsule = new Capsule;


// Set the event dispatcher used by Eloquent models... (optional)
use IlluminateEventsDispatcher;
use IlluminateContainerContainer;
$capsule->setEventDispatcher(new Dispatcher(new Container));

// Make this Capsule instance available globally via static methods... (optional)

// Setup the Eloquent ORM... (optional; unless you've used setEventDispatcher())

Once we’re done with Eloquent, next we going to set up the routes for Users CRUD operations. Save your time, copy & paste the following codes and save it in config/routes.php.


$app->get('/api/users', function () {
    echo User::all()->toJson();

$app->get('/api/users/:id',  function($id) {
	try {
		echo User::find($id)->toJson();
	} catch (Exception $e) {
		echo '{"error":{"text":'. 'Unable to get the web service. ' . $e->getMessage() .'}}';

$app->get('/api/users/search/:query', function($query) {
	echo User::where('name', '=', $query)->get()->toJson();

$app->post('/api/users/add', function() use ($app) {
    try {
        $user = new User;

        $user->name = $app->request()->post('name');
        $user->phone = $app->request()->post('phone');
        $user->email = $app->request()->post('email');

        if($user->save()) {
            echo '{"message":"Successfully add new user"}';
        } else {
             echo '{"message":"Failed to add new user"}';
    } catch (Exception $e) {
        echo '{"error":{"text":'. 'Unable to get the web service. ' . $e->getMessage() .'}}';


$app->put('/api/users/update/:id', function($id) use ($app) {
    try {
        $user = User::find($id);

        $user->name = $app->request()->post('name');
        $user->phone = $app->request()->post('phone');
        $user->email = $app->request()->post('email');

        if($user->save()) {
            echo '{"message":"Successfully update user info"}';
        } else {
             echo '{"message":"Failed update user info"}';
    } catch (Exception $e) {
        echo '{"error":{"text":'. 'Unable to get the web service. ' . $e->getMessage() .'}}';

$app->delete('/api/users/:id', function($id) {
	$user = User::find($id);
    if($user->delete()) {
        echo '{"message":"Successfully delete user"}';
    } else {
         echo '{"message":"Failed to delete user"}';

OK, here the final touch! 2 things to do, one the index.php and the other one is .htaccess. Here the index.php. Please take note, we require the header("Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *");, to ensured that we can access this Restful API from other domains. There might be security issues. Comments are welcomed.

try {
	header("Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *");
	require 'vendor/autoload.php';
	require 'config/database.php';
	require 'config/initialize.php';
} catch (Exception $e) {
	echo '{"error":{"text":'. 'Unable to start up the web service. ' . $e->getMessage() .'}}';

The .htaccess.

RewriteEngine On

# Some hosts may require you to use the `RewriteBase` directive.
# If you need to use the `RewriteBase` directive, it should be the
# absolute physical path to the directory that contains this htaccess file.
# RewriteBase /

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^ index.php [QSA,L]

Source code available at: Web Service(Restful API)

I Have 3 demo available:

  1. Web Service App
  2. Web Service Demo
  3. Web Service Mobile Demo


3 Responses to Web Services: Slim Framework + Eloquent(Laravel)

  1. would be much more nicer if you can make use the .env and artisan migration just like laravel. The development would be much fun

  2. Memang manthop.

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