RestApiProfile by Thomas Aull

Build a rest API with ProcessWire. Including JWT-Auth and a Vue SPA example


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Build a rest API with ProcessWire. Including JWT-Auth and a Vue SPA example


This is an example, there is no guarantee this code is secure! Use at your own risk and/or send me PRs with improvements.


…go to Benjamin Milde for his code example on how to use FastRoute with ProcessWire and Camilo Castro for this Gist


Grab a copy of processwire and place the site-restapi directory in the root of your ProcessWire directory. Install ProcessWire as usual (don’t forget to pick the site profile).


If you have composer installed run the following commands:

composer require nikic/fast-route
composer require firebase/php-jwt

Alternatively, you can grab the /vendor folder over here:

The Rest-API should work now. To check you can use Postman or Insomnia and run a GET Request:

You should get the following error:

  "error": "No Authorization Header found"

Because you’re not authenticated yet. To disable authentication, go to /site/templates/api/Router.php and in the function handle set the variable $authActive to false for now.

If you run the same Request again, you’ll get the following

  "user": "guest"

To use JWT-Auth you have to send a GET Request to http://yourhost/api/auth with two parameters, username and password. The API will log your user in and return you the JWT-Token, which you have to add to every following request.

An example for a simple login form is implemented as a Vue SPA based on the Vue Webpack Template. To install, go to /site/templates/client and run npm install

Go to /site/templates/client/config/index.js and change the target in proxyTable to match your URL:

proxyTable: {
  '/api': {
    target: '',
    changeOrigin: true

Now run npm run dev, point your browser to http://localhost:8080 and you should be able to perform a login with your user.

Check the files components/Login.vue, components/Content.vue and the main.js inside /site/templates/client to learn how the login process works.

As a last step you should change your JWT Secret in your config.php. You can basically use any string but a good idea is to create a random string with the following PHP command:

echo base64_encode(openssl_random_pseudo_bytes(64));


There is a small helper class, which exposes some often used functionality. At the moment there's basically just one function available, but I for my part use it all the time: checkAndSanitizeRequiredParameters. This function checks if the client send all the parameters required and sanitizes them against a specified ProcessWire sanitizer. To use it call it first thing in your Api endpoint function:

public static function postWithSomeData($data) {
  // Check for required parameter "message" and sanitize with PW Sanitizer
  $data = ApiHelper::checkAndSanitizeRequiredParameters($data, ['message|text']);

  return "Your message is: " . $data->message;

An example can be found here:

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“…building with ProcessWire was a breeze, I really love all the flexibility the system provides. I can’t imagine using any other CMS in the future.” —Thomas Aull