How to merge PDF documents asynchronously for PDF merging API in PHP using PDF.co Web API

How to merge PDF documents asynchronously for PDF merging API in PHP: How To Tutorial

On this page you will learn from code samples for programming in PHP. PDF.co Web API helps with PDF merging API in PHP. PDF.co Web API is the Web API with a set of tools for documents manipulation, data conversion, data extraction, splitting and merging of documents. Includes image recognition, built-in OCR, barcode generation and barcode decoders to decode bar codes from scans, pictures and pdf.

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merge-pdf-async.php
      
<!DOCTYPE html> <html lang="en"> <head> <meta charset="UTF-8"> <title>Cloud API asynchronous "PDF Merging" job example (allows to avoid timeout errors).</title> </head> <body> <?php // Cloud API asynchronous "PDF Merging" job example. // Allows to avoid timeout errors when processing huge or scanned PDF documents. // The authentication key (API Key). // Get your own by registering at https://app.pdf.co/documentation/api $apiKey = "***********************************"; // Direct URLs of PDF files to merge. Check another example if you need to upload local files to the cloud. $sourceFiles = array( "https://bytescout-com.s3.amazonaws.com/files/demo-files/cloud-api/pdf-merge/sample1.pdf", "https://bytescout-com.s3.amazonaws.com/files/demo-files/cloud-api/pdf-merge/sample2.pdf"); // Prepare URL for `Merge PDF` API call $url = "https://api.pdf.co/v1/pdf/merge" . "?url=" . join(",", $sourceFiles) . "&async=true"; // (!) Make asynchronous job // Create request $curl = curl_init(); curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, array("x-api-key: " . $apiKey)); curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_URL, $url); curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1); // Execute request $result = curl_exec($curl); if (curl_errno($curl) == 0) { $status_code = curl_getinfo($curl, CURLINFO_HTTP_CODE); if ($status_code == 200) { $json = json_decode($result, true); if ($json["error"] == false) { // URL of generated PDF file that will available after the job completion $resultFileUrl = $json["url"]; // Asynchronous job ID $jobId = $json["jobId"]; // Check the job status in a loop do { $status = CheckJobStatus($jobId); // Possible statuses: "working", "failed", "aborted", "success". // Display timestamp and status (for demo purposes) echo "<p>" . date(DATE_RFC2822) . ": " . $status . "</p>"; if ($status == "success") { // Display link to the file with conversion results echo "<div><h2>Conversion Result:</h2><a href='" . $resultFileUrl . "' target='_blank'>" . $resultFileUrl . "</a></div>"; break; } else if ($status == "working") { // Pause for a few seconds sleep(3); } else { echo $status . "<br/>"; break; } } while (true); } else { // Display service reported error echo "<p>Error: " . $json["message"] . "</p>"; } } else { // Display request error echo "<p>Status code: " . $status_code . "</p>"; echo "<p>" . $result . "</p>"; } } else { // Display CURL error echo "Error: " . curl_error($curl); } // Cleanup curl_close($curl); function CheckJobStatus($jobId) { $status = null; // Create URL $url = "https://api.pdf.co/v1/job/check?jobid=" . $jobId; // Create request $curl = curl_init(); curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, array("x-api-key: " . $apiKey)); curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_URL, $url); curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1); // Execute request $result = curl_exec($curl); if (curl_errno($curl) == 0) { $status_code = curl_getinfo($curl, CURLINFO_HTTP_CODE); if ($status_code == 200) { $json = json_decode($result, true); if ($json["error"] == false) { $status = $json["status"]; } else { // Display service reported error echo "<p>Error: " . $json["message"] . "</p>"; } } else { // Display request error echo "<p>Status code: " . $status_code . "</p>"; echo "<p>" . $result . "</p>"; } } else { // Display CURL error echo "Error: " . curl_error($curl); } // Cleanup curl_close($curl); return $status; } ?> </body> </html>

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