How to Create a Simple REST API With Slim Framework

This tutorial will show you how to create a REST API using Restful API Framework SLIM for any web or mobile application. These REST Endpoints can be used in any Android, IOS, Angularjs, or other application. The Rest API facilitates communication between the client and server applications. MySQL is my database, and PHP is used to retrieve records from it.

I’ll build a REST API that can handle HTTP GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE requests. I’ll use a GET request to fetch records, a POST request to add new records, a PUT request to update a record in the database, and a Delete request to delete a record from the database.

PHP Restful API Framework SLIM

Slim is a PHP microframework that allows you to create simple and powerful web applications and APIs quickly. The SLIM framework is simple to use and lightweight, and it supports a wide range of requests. I’m assuming you’re familiar with basic PHP, MySQL, and the rest service.

Read: Different type of web services.

How to configure Slim framework on XAMPP/WAMP

You must first download the Slim framework from Slim framework as well as unzip it Now, rename the Slim-Skeleton-master folder dummy and copy it to the XAMPP/htdocs/ or wamp/www/ folder.

The project folder structure will now look like this:


I’m assuming you have composer installed; if not, please install composer. Please open the XAMPP/htdocs/dummy/ folder in the cmd line and run the command below.

composer update

Create Virtual Host into XAMPP

Step 1: Open D:\XAMPP\apache\conf\extra\httpd-vhosts.conf file and added below codes into end of file.

Please uncomment NameVirtualHost *:80 line from httpd-vhosts.conf file.

Note: Please Change ‘D:’ drive as per your install XAMPP drive.

Step 2: Now open C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts files and added below codes into end of file.

Now open http://dummy on browser, that will redirect to slim home page which is index.php file into public folder.

How to connect MySQL with Slim

For these slim tutorials, I’m using an MYSQL database. I’ll make a dummy db in MySQL using the phpMyAdmin UI or the MySQL server. We will execute the SQL query below in the code>dummy db database.

We will create a DB connection method in the code>index.php/code> file. You can create a separate DB connection file and include it in the index.php as well, but I will not create complexity in this slim tutorial code because I am creating simple laymen user slim tutorials.

Open the dummy/public/index.php file and paste the code below at the end.

As you can see from the MySQL connection information, the parameters are as follows:

dbhost: If your slim framework application code and MySQL server are on the same machine, this will contain the database’s hostname, such as IP address or hostname. Localhost can be used as a hostname.

dbname: The database’s name You can replace it with the name of your database.
dbuser: dbuser is the MySQL database’s username.
dbpass: The database password for MySQL.

now navigate to http://dummy// If everything is in order, you will see the slim home page; otherwise, an error message will appear.

HTTP Rest Service

In this slim example tutorial, I will create the following rest of EndPoints. We will create GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE type requests.

# Route Method Type Full route Description
1 /employee GET JSON http://yourhost/api/v1/employees/ Get all employee data
2 /employee/{id} GET JSON http://yourhost/api/v1/employee/1 Get a single employee data
3 /create POST JSON http://yourhost/api/v1/create Create new record in database
4 /update/{id} PUT JSON http://yourhost/api/v1/update/21 Update an employee record
5 /delete/{id} DELETE JSON http://yourhost/api/v1/update/2 Delete an employee record

Create HTTP routes in Slim Framework

We intend to include the above-rest calls in this tutorial, so we will include below-rest endpoints in the dummy/src/routes.php/ file.

I’ve created an API and a v1 group for the versioning process only, which will make it easier to navigate the rest endpoints. I use GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE requests and pass the rest URL as well as the controller method that will call the API request.

ex: $app->post('/create', 'addEmployee');

The HTTP method in the preceding Routes is POST, and the function 'addEmployee' will call on the '/create' rest end point.

Get all records from MySQL Database Using Slim Restful API Framework

We will add a new method getEmployes(), to the dummy/public/index.php file and return JSON results. This method will retrieve all employee information from the employee table.

Now, try the following rest call: http://dummy/api/v1/employees/ It will display employee list JSON results data in the browser.

How to Fix cross-domain request in Slim

When we use a cross-domain rest call, the client will receive an error message on the console about a cross-domain request, blah blah…? With the corsslim plugin, We can easily fix that issue in the slim framework.

First, we’ll add "palanik/corsslim": "dev-slim3" to the composer file and then run the composer update command again.

We’ll add some CORS configuration code to the publicindex.php file.

Add New Employee Data Using MySQL and Slim Restful API Framework

We will create new HTTP Post method addEmployee() into dummy/public/index.php file. This methos will create new record into MySQL database.You need to send data into json format.

Now, try the rest call http://dummy/api/v1/create/. Using any rest test client, such as postman, it will return the newly created employee JSON data as a result.

Update Employee Data Using MySQL and Slim Restful API Framework

We will add a new HTTP PUT method called updateEmployee() to the dummy/public/index.php/ file. This method will update an existing employee record in MySQL. You must send employee data in json format, including the employee's ID.

test rest call http://dummy/api/v1/update/1 using any rest test client like postman etc, it will return updated employee JSON data as a result.

Delete record from MySQL Table Using Slim REst Api Framework

We will create Delete type request and new method deleteEmployee() into dummy/public/index.php file.This method will take employee id as parameter and delete records from employee table.


This Slim Api Framework tutorial covers the fundamentals of crud table operation. We learned how to use the rest web service to add new records and edit existing records in a MySQL database. We've also included a listing of employee table data with a delete record from the MySQL table. You can integrate these rest calls into any web application that communicates with a server via APIs. You can modify these Slim example tutorials to suit your needs and have fun :).

You can download source code from below link.

13 thoughts on “How to Create a Simple REST API With Slim Framework

  1. i am getting error on this step
    now test rest call dummy/api/v1/employees using browser , it will show employee list json results data.

    i think i missed something about api/v1
    please help..


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