HTTP Requests Using Curl and Decoding JSON Responses in PHP

You can do http requests using the Curl library and decode the JSON result with json_decode() function. PHP 5.2 and above comes with the JSON library functions.

The following example will send a request to brightcove’s api using curl and extract some video thumbnail image links. The result will be a list of links in json data format.

The json_decode() function will then convert the json object into an associative array and will finally print out the links.

//check if you have curl loaded
if(!function_exists("curl_init")) die("cURL extension is not installed");

$url = ''.

 $curl_options = array(
                    CURLOPT_URL => $url,
                    CURLOPT_HEADER => 0,
                    CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER => TRUE,
                    CURLOPT_TIMEOUT => 0,
                    CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER => 0,
                    CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION => TRUE,
                    CURLOPT_ENCODING => 'gzip,deflate',

            $ch = curl_init();
            curl_setopt_array( $ch, $curl_options );
            $output = curl_exec( $ch );

$arr = json_decode($output,true);

foreach($arr['items'] as $val)
	echo $val['thumbnailURL'].'<br>';	

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