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First, create a new SoapClient object, passing the URL to the WSDL file and optionally, an array of options.
// Create a new client object using a WSDL URL
$soap = new SoapClient('', [
 # This array and its values are optional
 'soap_version' => SOAP_1_2,
 'cache_wsdl' => WSDL_CACHE_BOTH,
 # Helps with debugging
 'trace' => TRUE,
 'exceptions' => TRUE

Then use the $soap object to call your SOAP methods.
$result = $soap->requestData(['a', 'b', 'c']);

Non-WSDL Mode

This is similar to WSDL mode, except we pass NULL as the WSDL file and make sure to set the location and uri options.
$soap = new SoapClient(NULL, [
 'location' => '',
 'uri' => 'namespace'


When creating a SOAP Client in PHP, you can also set a classmap key in the configuration array. This classmap defines which types defined in the WSDL should be mapped to actual classes, instead of the default StdClass. The reason you would want to do this is because you can get auto-completion of fields and method calls on these classes, instead of having to guess which fields are set on the regular StdClass.
class MyAddress {
 public $country;
 public $city;
 public $full_name;
 public $postal_code; // or zip_code
 public $house_number;
class MyBook {
 public $name;
 public $author;
 // The classmap also allows us to add useful functions to the objects
 // that are returned from the SOAP operations.
 public function getShortDescription() {
 return "{$this->name}, written by {$this->author}";
$soap_client = new SoapClient($link_to_wsdl, [
 // Other parameters
 "classmap" => [
 "Address" => MyAddress::class, // ::class simple returns class as string
 "Book" => MyBook::class,

After configuring the classmap, whenever you perform a certain operation that returns a type Address or Book, the SoapClient will instantiate that class, fill the fields with the data and return it from the operation call.
// Lets assume 'getAddress(1234)' returns an Address by ID in the database
$address = $soap_client->getAddress(1234);

// $address is now of type MyAddress due to the classmap
echo $address->country;

// Lets assume the same for 'getBook(1234)'
$book = $soap_client->getBook(124);

// We can not use other functions defined on the MyBook class
echo $book->getShortDescription();

// Any type defined in the WSDL that is not defined in the classmap
// will become a regular StdClass object
$author = $soap_client->getAuthor(1234);

// No classmap for Author type, $author is regular StdClass.
// We can still access fields, but no auto-completion and no custom functions
// to define for the objects.
echo $author->name;

Tracing SOAP request and response

Sometimes we want to look at what is sent and received in the SOAP request. The following methods will return the XML in the request and response:

For example, suppose we have an ENVIRONMENT constant and when this constant's value is set to DEVELOPMENT we want to echo all information when the call to getAddress throws an error. One solution could be:
try {
 $address = $soap_client->getAddress(1234);
} catch (SoapFault $e) {
 $soap_client->__getLastRequest(), – PHP Notes for Professionals 189


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