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Class: PHP AJAX Response Router
Handle HTTP AJAX requests using router classes
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Getting Started

composer require amranich/ajax-router

You can copy/paste this code snippet for a quick start.

We're using Guzzle PSR-7 interface implementation here, but you can use any other library you like as long as it implements the same interface.


require __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';

use GuzzleHttp\Psr7\Request;
use GuzzleHttp\Psr7\Response;
use AmraniCh\AjaxRouter\Route;
use AmraniCh\AjaxRouter\Router;
use AmraniCh\AjaxRouter\Dispatcher;
use GuzzleHttp\Psr7\ServerRequest;
use Lazzard\Psr7ResponseSender\Sender;

try {
    $request = ServerRequest::fromGlobals();
    // the 'X-requested-with' header is commonly used to inform the server that a request 
    // is sent via the XMLHttpRequest object on the client-side, a lot of JavaScript libraries 
    // like jQuery already send this header automatically, this check can add a small security
    // layer to your app because HTTP headers can be spoofed very easily, so don't count on
    // only that check.
    if (!$request->hasHeader('X-requested-with') 
        || strtolower($request->getHeader('X-requested-with')[0]) !== 'XMLHttpRequest') {
        throw new BadRequestException("Accept only AJAX requests.");
    // to organize your project, you can put your routes in a separate file like in an array
    // and require it in the second parameter of the router constructor.  
    $router = new Router($request, 'route', [
        // ?route=getPost&id=1005
        Route::get('getPost', function ($params) {
            // PSR7 responses are a little annoying to work with, you always have extra HTTP layers 
            // in your app that extend the base PSR7 response class, think of a class like JsonResponse, 
            // and in the constructor add the content-type header and pass it to the parent class.
            $response = new Response;

                'id' => $params['id'],
                'title' => 'Best Places to Visit in Marrakech',
                'description' => 'Example of post description',
                'created_at' => '2022-02-27 03:00:05'

            return $response->withHeader('Content-type', 'application/json');

    $dispatcher = new Dispatcher($router);

} catch (Exception $ex) {
    $response = new Response(
        $ex->getCode() ?: 500,
        ['Content-type' => 'application/json'],
        json_encode(['message' => $ex->getMessage()])

    $sender = new Sender;

Usage Tips

Route to controller/class method

If you like to put the business logic in a separate class or in a controller, you can route your requests to them like this :

Route::get('getPost', [PostController::class, 'getPost']);

Or :

Route::get('getPost', 'PostController@getPost');

// register the controller class or instance in the router

If the controller/class has some dependencies that must be passed within the constructor, you can still instantiate the controller on yourself :

    new PostController($dependencyOne, $dependencyTwo)

Catch route actions exceptions

*I want to catch exceptions that only occurs from my routes actions, and not those thrown by the library or somewhere else, how I can do that ?*

Answer :

$dispatcher->onException(function (\Exception $ex) {
    // $ex exception thrown by a route action

Get current route

You can access the current route object using the static method getCurrentRoute of the Route class.

$route = Router::getCurrentRoute();


The idea of the library came to my mind a long time ago when I was mostly developing web applications using just plain PHP, some of these applications were performing a lot of AJAX requests into a single PHP file, that file can have a hundred lines of code that process these requests depending on a function/method name that sent along with the request, so I started to think of what I can do to improve the way that these requests are handled, and improve the code readability and maintainability.

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