Working with RESTful services in Codeigniter – PUT example


In the tutorial, working with restful services in codeigniter – put example, I am going to show you how we can work with RESTful or REST webservice in Codeigniter framework.

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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 PUT: Update an existing resource or collection of resources.


Please go through Setup RESTful service with Codeigniter


Step 1. Create a MySQL table contact under database roytuts. This table stores information for contact address details.

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`)

Modify <project’s root directory>/application/config/autoload.php file for auto-loading html, url, file, form and database.

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

Step 2. Dump some data into table contact. We need to test our example on “working with restful services in codeigniter – put example” and for that we need some data in the database table. Therefore we are 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','Earth','1234567890');

Step 3. 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' => '',
'database' => 'roytuts',
'dbdriver' => 'mysqli',

Step 4. Create a controller file RestPutController.php under <project root>/application/controllers with the following source code.

Here notice how we have declare the method name update_contact_put(), the actual method name is update_contact but as we are going to apply HTTP PUT operation so we are appending _put to the actual method in order to get benefit of the built-in API’s functionality otherwise we might have to handled the http put operation in some other way.

use Restserver\Libraries\REST_Controller;

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

require APPPATH . 'libraries/REST_Controller.php';
require APPPATH . 'libraries/Format.php';

 * Description of RestPutController
 * @author
class RestPutController extends REST_Controller {

	use REST_Controller {
		REST_Controller::__construct as private __resTraitConstruct;
	function __construct() {
		$this->load->model('ContactModel', 'cm');

    function update_contact_put() {
        $contact_id = $this->put('contact_id');
        $contact_name = $this->put('contact_name');
        $contact_address = $this->put('contact_address');
        $contact_phone = $this->put('contact_phone');

        $result = $this->cm->update_contact($contact_id, $contact_name, $contact_address, $contact_phone);

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


In the above class, $this->put() reads the PUT arguments.

Step 5. Create a model file ContactModel.php under <project root>/application/models with the following source code.

The below model function gets the input values from controller class and update the contact information in database.


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

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

    private $contact = 'contact';

    function update_contact($contact_id, $contact_name, $contact_address, $contact_phone) {
        $data = array('contact_name' => $contact_name, 'contact_address' => $contact_address, 'contact_phone' => $contact_phone);
        $this->db->where('contact_id', $contact_id);
        $this->db->update($this->contact, $data);


Step 6. Now run the application on apache http server.

Step 7. Use the REST Client in Firefox browser to test the REST service.

Method: PUT

Headers: Add Custom Header as name = Content-Type, value=application/json

URL: http://localhost/ci_3_1_0/index.php/restputcontroller/update_contact

Body: {“contact_id”:”12″, “contact_name”:”S Roy”, “contact_address”:””, “contact_phone”:”1234567890″}

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


    "status": "success"

Step 8. Check the database table, you will see the row has been updated with below data.

Here you see the contact_id with 12 has been updated. If you check the row value in the initial data then you can find that the column values were different for this row.

contact_id	contact_name	contact_address	      contact_phone
    12	           S Roy	1234567890

Thanks for reading.

4 thoughts on “Working with RESTful services in Codeigniter – PUT example

  1. $contact_id = $this->put(‘contact_id’);
    print_r( $contact_id);

    when i submit the json from postman it results NULL kindly let me know how to use $this->put() method

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