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Using the PrestaShop Web Service

This tutorial demonstrates how to use the PrestaShop web service, using the dedicated PHP library to create a "CRUD" application.


  • PrestaShop 1.5 installed on a server with mod_rewrite enabled (Apache only).
  • A local xAMP server with PHP5 enabled.


The PrestaShop web service uses the REST architecture in order to be available on as many platforms as possible, since the HTTP protocol and XML files are understood by most platforms, if not all.

CRUD is an acronym that stands for "Create, Read, Update, and Delete". These are the four basic operations for managing data in an application.

REST defines roughly a style of software architecture, which promotes the use of HTTP methods when building web application, instead of custom methods or protocols such as SOAP or WSDL. It defines several rules, including one that is similar to CRUD, which is described below.

HTTP has several methods that can perform processing on data as defined in the REST architecture, among which are 4 main methods. See this page:

The table below offers a comparison with CRUD and SQL:
















About this tutorial

This tutorial explores how to create a small application to perform these four basic operations for customers.

Chapters 1, 2 and 3 are mandatory, as they contain the fundamental knowledge for using the web service.

The next chapters, explores ways to interact with the web service using each of the REST operations, in order to give you the tools to make a full CRUD application.

If you only want to retrieve data, for example when developing a web application to notify you of orders, you might only be interested in Chapter 4.

If you prefer to develop a more complete application, chapters 4 to 7 will interest you.

Chapters 9 and 10 give you more detail on specific content management.

Chapter 1 - Introduction: Creating Access to Back Office
Chapter 2 - Discovery: Testing access to the web service with the browser
Chapter 3 - First steps: Access the Web service and list client
Chapter 4 - Retrieve Data: Retrieving a client
Chapter 5 - Modification: Update client
Chapter 6 - Creation: Remote Online Form
Chapter 7 - Removal: Remove customer accounts from the database
Chapter 8 - Advanced Use
Chapter 9 - Image management
Chapter 10 - Price management
Cheat-sheet - Concepts outlined in this tutorial


  • Manage your PrestaShop website through Open ERP: Prestashop OpenERP Connector by Akretion & CampToCamp (GNU Affero GPLv3)
  • A Scala library to access the PrestaShop web service: prestasac by Alex Dean (GNU Affero GPLv3)
  • A Python library to access the PrestaShop web service: prestapyt by Guewen Baconnier (GNU Affero GPLv3)


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