XMLRPC for PHP - A simple client and server program

By: Emiley J  

Here is an example of using xmlrpc for PHP with a complete client and a server php files. You can use this to test your xml-rpc for php installations.

/* clienttest.php */ 
function do_call($host, $port, $request) { 

$fp = fsockopen($host, $port, $errno, $errstr); 
$query = "POST /home/servertest.php HTTP/1.0\nUser_Agent: My Egg Client\nHost: ".$host."\nContent-Type: text/xml\nContent-Length: ".strlen($request)."\n\n".$request."\n"; 

if (!fputs($fp, $query, strlen($query))) { 
$errstr = "Write error"; 
return 0; 

$contents = ''; 
while (!feof($fp)) { 
$contents .= fgets($fp); 

return $contents; 

$host = 'localhost'; 
$port = 80; 
$request = xmlrpc_encode_request('cycle', 'egg'); 
$response = do_call($host, $port, $request); 
/* do something with $response, e.g. print it */ 

/* servertest.php */ 
function lifecycle($method, $params) { 
/* $method = 'cycle', $params = (array of) request parameter(s); $data is also passed from xmlrpc_server_call_method, if we had any data to pass */ 
switch($params[0]) { 
case 'egg': 
$reply = 'All eggs will be birds one day.'; 
$reply = 'That must have been an otheregg'; 

return $reply; 

$server = xmlrpc_server_create(); 

/* register the 'external' name and then the 'internal' name */ 
xmlrpc_server_register_method($server, "cycle", "lifecycle"); 

$request = $HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA; // no you don't need 'always on', and no $_POST doesn't work. 

/* the parameters here are 'server, xml-string and user data'. There's supposed to be an optional 'output options' array too, but I can't get it working :( hence header() call */ 
$response = xmlrpc_server_call_method($server, $request, null); 
header('Content-Type: text/xml'); 
print $response; 


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1. RobertVeita
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10. Hello der. Found sumthng new for dis. Check it out.

View Tutorial          By: Desmond Michael at 2016-02-10 06:53:14

11. when ever i run the client ..it gives a blank screen no output..
View Tutorial          By: uday at 2012-09-03 12:39:47

12. For everyone who didn't get this working: Make sure there are (obviously) no tabs or unnecessary new
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