Working With RESTful Services in Codeigniter 3 – DELETE Example


In this tutorial I am going to show you how you can work with RESTful or REST webservice in Codeigniter framework. I am going to use HTTP method DELETE to delete resource from server side.

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The base/root URI for the Web service such as http://<host>/<appcontext/contextpath>/<url pattern>/<resources>.

The MIME type of the response data supported, which are JSON/XML/TEXT/HTML etc.

HTTP methods are mapped to CRUD (create, read, update and delete) actions for a resource. Although you can make slight modifications such as making the PUT method to create or update, the basic patterns are listed as follows.

HTTP DELETE: Delete a resource or collection of resources.


Please go through Setup RESTful service with Codeigniter, MySQL 5.x – 8.0.26

Project Directory

It’s assumed that you have setup Apache, PHP and Codeigniter in Windows system.

Now I will create a project root directory called codeIgniter-rest-api-delete the Apache server’s htdocs folder.

Now move all the directories and files from CodeIgniter framework into codeIgniter-rest-api-delete directory.

I may not mention the project root directory in subsequent sections and I will assume that I am talking with respect to the project root directory.

MySQL Table

Create a MySQL table contact under database roytuts. This table stores information for contact address details. For MySQL version 5.x, use the following table structure.

USE `roytuts`;

/*Table structure for table `contact` */


CREATE TABLE `contact` (
  `contact_id` int(10) unsigned NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
  `contact_name` varchar(30) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL,
  `contact_address` varchar(150) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL,
  `contact_phone` varchar(15) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY (`contact_id`)

If you are using MySQL version 8.x then use the following table structure:

CREATE TABLE `contact` (
  `contact_id` int unsigned COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
  `contact_name` varchar(30) COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci NOT NULL,
  `contact_address` varchar(150) COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci NOT NULL,
  `contact_phone` varchar(15) COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci NOT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY (`contact_id`)

Dump some data into table contact. You need to test your example about “working with restful services in codeigniter – put example” and for that you need some data in the database table. Therefore I am dumping some sample data into the table. If your data are coming from different sources then you don’t need it.

insert  into 
(1,'S Roy','','1234578960'),
(2,'S Roy','','1234578960'),
(3,'S Roy','','5454544574'),
(4,'S Roy','','4578912360'),
(5,'S Roy','','8945761254'),
(6,'S Roy','','4587961235'),
(7,'S Roy','','1254897652'),
(12,'S Roy','','1234567890'),
(13,'S Roy','','1234567890');

Autoload Configuration

You need some configurations, such as, auto-loading for helpers to avoid loading every time you need to use.

Modify application/config/autoload.php file for auto-loading libraries and helper functions.

This one time auto-loading gives flexibility to uniformly use the helpers and libraries anywhere throughout the application without loading repeatedly.

For my example I am auto-loading databaseurlfile.

It is not mandatory but if you auto-load the libraries or helper classes which are repeatedly used in many places throughout the application then these classes are available anywhere and it simplifies your life.

$autoload['helper'] = array('url', 'file');
$autoload['libraries'] = array('database');

Database Configurations

Modify also <root directory>/application/config/database.php. This modification is required in order to establish the connection with database and performing database queries.

'hostname' => 'localhost',
'username' => 'root',
'password' => 'root',
'database' => 'roytuts',
'dbdriver' => 'mysqli',

REST Controller Class

Create a controller file RestDeleteController.php under <project root>/application/controllers folder with the following source code.


defined('BASEPATH') OR exit('No direct script access allowed');

require_once 'Format.php';
require_once 'RestController.php';

use chriskacerguis\RestServer\RestController;

 * Description of RestDeleteController
 * @author
class RestDeleteController extends RestController {
	function __construct() {
		$this->load->model('ContactModel', 'cm');

    function delete_contact_delete($contact_id) {

        $result = $this->cm->delete_contact($contact_id);

        if ($result === FALSE) {
            $this->response(array('status' => 'failed'));
        } else {
            $this->response(array('status' => 'success'));


The actual function’s name is delete_contact because I am going to make HTTP DELETE request.

The _delete suffix in the function’s name is used to indicate a HTTP DELETE request.

Model Class

Create a model file ContactModel.php under <project root>/application/models folder with the following source code.


defined('BASEPATH') OR exit('No direct script access allowed');

 * Description of ContactModel
 * @author
class ContactModel extends CI_Model {

    private $contact = 'contact';

    function delete_contact($contact_id) {
        $this->db->where('contact_id', $contact_id);


Testing REST API GET Example

Now run the application on apache http server. Or deploy the application using CLI mode. I have strated application in CLI mode and application deployed at localhost in 8000 port.

Use the REST Client in Firefox browser or Postman tool to test the REST service.

Use the REST Client in Firefox browser to test the REST service.

Method: DELETE

URL: http://localhost:8000/restdeletecontroller/delete_contact/13

$[‘rest_default_format’]=’json’ at <root directory>/application/config/rest.php


    "status": "success"

Check the database, you will see that row with contact_id=13 has been deleted successfully.

Visual representation for deleted record:

codeigniter 3 rest api delete example

Source Code


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