Hamed Kamrava Hamed Kamrava - 1 year ago 183
JSON Question

Guzzle POST request not working

I would like to use Google URL Shortener API. Now, I need to send a JSON POST request to the Google API.

I'm using Guzzle 6.2 in PHP.

Here is what I have tried so far:

$client = new GuzzleHttp\Client();
$google_api_key = 'AIzaSyBKOBhDQ8XBxxxxxxxxxxxxxx';
$body = '{"longUrl" : "http://www.google.com"}';
$res = $client->request('POST', 'https://www.googleapis.com/urlshortener/v1/url', [
'headers' => ['Content-Type' => 'application/json'],
'form_params' => [
'body' => $body
return $res;

But it returns following error :

Client error: `POST https://www.googleapis.com/urlshortener/v1/url` resulted in a `400 Bad Request` response:
"error": {
"errors": [
"domain": "global",
"reason": "parseError",
"message": "Parse Error"

Any helps would be appreciated. I've read Guzzle document and many other resources but didn't help!

Answer Source

You don't need form_params, because Google requires simple GET parameter, not POST (and you can not even do that, because you have to choose between body types: form_params creates application/x-www-form-urlencoded body, and body parameter creates raw body).

So simply replace form_params with query:

$res = $client->request('POST', 'https://www.googleapis.com/urlshortener/v1/url', [
    'headers' => ['Content-Type' => 'application/json'],
    'query' => [
        'key' => $google_api_key
    'body' => $body

// Response body content (JSON string).
$responseJson = $res->getBody()->getContents();
// Response body content as PHP array.
$responseData = json_decode($responseJson, true);
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