I'm using a WordPress REST API to get contents of a page. The URL I'm using is:


When I open that URL in browser, I'm getting back valid response.

But when I try to use that same URL via cURL, I'm getting:

couldn't connect to host

The code I'm using is this:

$page_id = 4322;
$wp_api_url = "https://sitename.org/wp-json/wp/v2/pages/".$page_id;             
$ch = curl_init();          
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, false);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $wp_api_url);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);         
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 10);                      
$response = curl_exec($ch); 

if (FALSE === $response)
    echo curl_error($ch); // <---- failing here
    echo '<pre>';
    print_r(json_decode($response, true));
    echo '</pre>';

Which begs the question:

  1. Why does it work via a browser then?
  2. Do I have to use some kind of authentication while calling an API via cURL?
  • it can be a server problem. try to execute echo file_get_contents("https://sitename.org"); – mmm Dec 4 '17 at 9:12
  • try removing the timeout – inarilo Dec 4 '17 at 9:16
  • file_get_contents is banned on my server. I use OSvC (Oracle RightNow). The strange thing is making an Ajax request works too. But just not when trying to connect via server side code. – asprin Dec 4 '17 at 9:17
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    @MarkKaplun So if the problem is somewhere else, I'm to be blamed for that? Not the correct way to use a "downvote" I would say. – asprin Sep 15 '18 at 16:10
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    Are you kidding me? "Does not fit the site?" The problem is about WP on a site dedicated for WP. Do I go and post it in Hardware? Admit you made a mistake and move on. – asprin Sep 15 '18 at 16:28

You can use the following code and should work, if not we should see the server configuration to see why. Also, we can check the curl_error for hints.

$curl = curl_init();
$page_id = 4322;
$wp_api_url = "https://sitename.org/wp-json/wp/v2/pages/".$page_id;     
curl_setopt_array($curl, array(
  CURLOPT_URL => $wp_api_url,

$response = curl_exec($curl);
$err = curl_error($curl);

  • Same result. curl_erro gives the same message couldn't connect to host – asprin Dec 4 '17 at 9:33
  • Verify that the URL is correct. Try this $ch = curl_init("https://demo.wp-api.org/wp-json/wp/v2/pages/1"); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, 1); $data = curl_exec($ch); print_r($data); to see if you can see the return. Otherwise I can speculate maybe some firewall proxy blocking you . – Drupalizeme Dec 4 '17 at 9:38
  • That was a good idea. But still no luck. Same error. – asprin Dec 4 '17 at 9:41
  • If you are not under proxy, or some misconfigure php/server , I see no other solution than you contact your hosting provider. – Drupalizeme Dec 4 '17 at 9:43

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