I am able to do the HTTP GET request using cURL in my custom function, my code below works fine for me, but is there Drupal way to do this?

function some_page_callback() {
    $url = 'https://api.example.com/data';
    $accesstoken = 'SoMedGFidHThX2NvdW50eV90bWNhOkEyakJEM2ND';
    $headr = array();
    $headr[] = 'Accept: application/json';
    $headr[] = 'Authorization: Basic '.$accesstoken;

    //cURL starts
    $crl = curl_init();
    curl_setopt($crl, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
    curl_setopt($crl, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER,$headr);
    curl_setopt($crl, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
    curl_setopt($crl, CURLOPT_HTTPGET,true);
    $reply = curl_exec($crl);

    //error handling for cURL
    if ($reply === false) {
       // throw new Exception('Curl error: ' . curl_error($crl));
       print_r('Curl error: ' . curl_error($crl));
    //cURL ends

    //decoding the json data
    $decoded_data = json_decode($reply, true);

    // putting the data into table 
      $rows = array();

      $output = '';
      // Example of theme_table().
      $output .= '<h2>Example</h2>';
      $headers = array(t('ID'), t('Name'));

      foreach ($decoded_data['data'] as $line) {
          $tablerow = array(
          array('data' => $line['id']),
          array('data' => $line['name']),
          $rows[] = $tablerow;
      $output .= theme('table', array('header' => $headers, 'rows' => $rows));

return $output;

2 Answers 2


I ended up needing to do something like this not too long ago in a custom module. Drupal has a function called drupal_http_request() to hit the external URL. You can execute it inside a hook function if necessary in your module.

$url = 'http://my-url.com';
      $response = drupal_http_request($url);
  • I tried this function, but I am not able to put Authentication field in header, how do I do that? Thank you.
    – shrish
    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:36
  • 1
    @shrish I can't provide you with specifics on your exact implementation, but the docs list headers as an available parameter. function drupal_http_request($url, $headers = array(), $method = 'GET', $data = NULL, $retry = 3, $timeout = 30.0) {
    – Jon Girard
    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:50

The equivalent in Drupal 8 would be the Guzzle HttpClient as documented by this change record

try {
  $response = \Drupal::httpClient()->request('GET', $url);
  $data = $response->getBody()->getContents();

  //if dealing with json file
  $decoded = json_decode($data);
  if (!$decoded) {
    throw new \Exception('Invalid data returned from API');

} catch (\Exception $e) {
  return "";

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