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Webservice one-page documentation

This chapter aims at grouping all the information from the webservice tutorial into a handy one-page doc that you can print and keep at hand.

Setting everything up

In order for you to view, edit and delete the data on your PrestaShop store through its webservice, you first need to enable the webservice feature, and then create an access key.

Enabling cURL

Configure your PHP installation so that it has the cURL extension installed and enabled:


Code Block
sudo apt-get install php5-curl

Enabling the webservice feature

Go in the PrestaShop back-office, open the "Webservice" page under the "Advanced Parameters" menu, and then choose "Yes" for the "Enable PrestaShop's webservice". Save your change: you're done!

Creating an access key

Open the "Webservice" page under the "Advanced Parameters" menu, and then click the "Add New" button to access the account configuration section. A long form appears:


If you choose to use a custom passkey instead of a generated one, make sure it is very secure and that its rights are limited – and that it is 32characters long!

Accessing the webservice from the browser

The endpoint to your store's webservice is located in the /api/ folder at the root of your installation of Prestashop:


You can either type the API endpoint address directly then enter your API key, or indicate your API key in the address. Here is an example, with "UCCLLQ9N2ARSHWCXLT74KUKSSK34BFKX" being the API key.


Using XLink, you will then be able to access your various resources. XLink associates an XML file to another XML file via a link.

Accessing the webservice


use our PHP library

You will need the latest version of the PSWebServiceLibrary.php file, which can be found on our code repository:
To download the file:


Code Block
$webService = new PrestaShopWebservice('', 'UCCLLQ9N2ARSHWCXLT74KUKSSK34BFKX', false);

Handling errors

It is essential that you understand how to handle errors with the webservice library. By implementing error-catch method early, you will more easily detect issues, and be able to correct them on the go.

Error handling with the webservice library is done using PHP exceptions. If you do not know about them, you should read, as exceptions are an essential part of good coding practice.

How it works

The error handling is done within a try..catch block, with the webservice processing being done in the try section, the catch one containing the error handling code.

Code Block
try {
  // Execution ( if an error occurs in this code, stops and goes in the catch block)
catch {
  // Error handling (tries to catch the error or the error display)


That means each creation or use of the library must be located within a "try" block. The "catch" block can then handle the error if it occurs during the execution of the try block.
Now we'll see how to list all customers via the webservice, and then we will see the four CRUD methods.


Code Block
try {
   // creating webservice access
   $webService = new PrestaShopWebservice('', 'UCCLLQ9N2ARSHWCXLT74KUKSSK34BFKX', false);
   // call to retrieve all clients
   $xml = $webService->get(array('resource' => 'customers'));
catch (PrestaShopWebserviceException $ex) {
   // Shows a message related to the error
   echo 'Other error: <br />' . $ex->getMessage();

Examples files

All the example files can be found on our code repository:

Working with your data

As shown above, you have to instantiate the PrestaShopWebservice object in order to use its methods: add(), get(), edit() and delete().
You can also directly use call the REST API and get XML results, as this correspondence table shows:

CRUD operations

SQL statements

PrestaShopWebservice methods

HTTP methods


















Viewing your data

Using the PrestaShopWebservice methods

Let's see how to view a full list of client IDs. As you can see from the table above, we need the get() method in order to retrieve a XML file containing all the customers. The parameter has to be a key-value array, where we define the resource we want:


The value defines the resource that the webservice will use in a future call. The value could be carrier types, countries or any other type of resource that can be found in the "Available resources" section of this guide.

The code

In order to retrieve a list of customers in XML format, you only need to instantiate PrestaShopWebservice (a seen earlier) and use this code:

Code Block
// The key-value array
$opt['resource'] = 'customers';
Retrieving the XML data
$xml = $webService->get($opt);
The result

Launching the code above will return a XML object containing all the current customer IDs on the store:


Code Block
$opt['resource'] = 'customers';
$opt['id'] = 1;
$xml = $webService->get($opt);

As you can see in the result in the previous section, the data returned by calling $webService->get() puts you at the root of the XML document, in the context you requested.


Thanks to these elements, you can create a HTML table containing all the client IDs – or anything that displays this information in your interface.

Using HTTP requests

If you would rather not use the PrestaShopWebservice object, note that PrestaShop's webservice is RESTful, in that you can work with its data using the known HTTP verbs just as easily as you would use the methods of the PrestaShopWebservice object.


The resulting XML document is the same as the one obtained using PrestaShopWebservice's get() method.

Creating and adding

Creating and adding data takes a bit more work. Indeed, in order to create a new entry or edit an existing one, you need to send a fully formed and complete XML document, whether you use PrestaShopWebservice or the HTTP methods.


Code Block
// Returns a blank XML document, with all the tags ready to fill
http://[email protected]/api/manufacturers?schema=blank

// Returns a blank XML document, with all the tags ready to fill and indication of the expected value for each
http://[email protected]/api/manufacturers?schema=synopsis


The RESTful-ness of the API goes all the way: in order to delete the product with an ID of 12, you simply have to launch an HTTP DELETE request on the following URL:

Code Block
http://[email protected]/api/products/12/

Available resources

The /api/ URL gives you the root of all the resources, in the form of an XML file.