I'm a self thought designer/developer that knows basic photoshp/css3/html5 and a little python/php. I have never used an API to fetch stats, so can you please point me in the right direction?

I would love to show the 24 hr open, high & low price of BTC on my php site, here is the api reference: https://docs.gdax.com/?php#get-historic-rates

Could any of you make a .php file with the necessary code for me? It would be such a great help.

I got this code to get started:


// get the HTTP method, path and body of the request
$request = explode('/', trim($_SERVER['PATH_INFO'],'/'));
$input = json_decode(file_get_contents('php://input'),true);

// connect to the mysql database
$link = mysqli_connect('localhost', 'user', 'pass', 'dbname');

// retrieve the table and key from the path
$table = preg_replace('/[^a-z0-9_]+/i','',array_shift($request));
$key = array_shift($request)+0;

// escape the columns and values from the input object
$columns = preg_replace('/[^a-z0-9_]+/i','',array_keys($input));
$values = array_map(function ($value) use ($link) {
  if ($value===null) return null;
  return mysqli_real_escape_string($link,(string)$value);

// build the SET part of the SQL command
$set = '';
for ($i=0;$i<count($columns);$i++) {

// create SQL based on HTTP method
switch ($method) {
  case 'GET':
    $sql = "select * from `$table`".($key?" WHERE id=$key":''); break;
  case 'PUT':
    $sql = "update `$table` set $set where id=$key"; break;
  case 'POST':
    $sql = "insert into `$table` set $set"; break;
  case 'DELETE':
    $sql = "delete `$table` where id=$key"; break;

// excecute SQL statement
$result = mysqli_query($link,$sql);

// die if SQL statement failed
if (!$result) {

// print results, insert id or affected row count
if ($method == 'GET') {
  if (!$key) echo '[';
  for ($i=0;$i<mysqli_num_rows($result);$i++) {
    echo ($i>0?',':'').json_encode(mysqli_fetch_object($result));
  if (!$key) echo ']';
} elseif ($method == 'POST') {
  echo mysqli_insert_id($link);
} else {
  echo mysqli_affected_rows($link);

// close mysql connection



A lot of the code you are sharing is unnecessary and unrelated to working with APIs in PHP.

It's 3 basic steps. Define the URL of the API endpoint you want, fetch that URL in PHP, return the values to your page.

Here's a simple example:

//define API endpoint
$url = "https://api.gdax.com/products/BTC-USD/stats";

//fetch the url and convert the JSON into an associative array
$fgc = json_decode(file_get_contents($url), true);

//assign values to variables
$open = $fgc["open"];
$high = $fgc["high"];
$low = $fgc["low"];
$close = $fgc["close"];
<h1>My Website</h1>
<p>Bitcoin 24 HR stats</p>
Open: $<?php echo $open; ?><br>
High: $<?php echo $high; ?><br>
Low: $<?php echo $low; ?><br>
Close: $<?php echo $close; ?><br>
  • You're amazing, thank you so much! It looks so hard when you don't know where to start, but once you get a little help, it can get you moving greatly – Hakan Bektas Jul 1 '17 at 6:32
  • But what if the link shows you data like this? api.coinmarketcap.com/v2/ticker/1 Something should be added to the code for me to use 'rank' etc. right? @m1xolyd1an – Hakan Bektas May 26 '18 at 18:38
  • If something is nested you have to call it's parent first. For rank you would use $fgc["data"]["rank"] or if you wanted price you would use $fgc["data"]["quotes"]["USD"]["price"] – m1xolyd1an May 27 '18 at 3:26
  • Makes sense! Thanks so much dude, you're amazing <3 – Hakan Bektas May 27 '18 at 21:46

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