Zamzar offers a simple file conversion API to convert files from your applications with support for 100's of formats. Below we have listed an example to convert a XLSX file to JPG using PHP. We also support a variety of other programming languages.
If you have any questions check out our comprehensive FAQ which contains further information on how to use the API.
Our example code assumes that you're using PHP 5.3 or newer.
To convert your first file with the Zamzar API, send an HTTP request to
POST https://sandbox.zamzar.com/v1/jobs containing your source file, and the your desired target format. If the source file is on the web or in S3, send us the URL: the source file doesn't need to hit your servers.
<?php $endpoint = "https://sandbox.zamzar.com/v1/jobs"; $apiKey = "GiVUYsF4A8ssq93FR48H"; $sourceFile = "https://s3.amazonaws.com/zamzar-samples/sample.xlsx"; $targetFormat = "jpg"; $postData = array( "source_file" => $sourceFile, "target_format" => $targetFormat ); $ch = curl_init(); // Init curl curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $endpoint); // API endpoint curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST, 'POST'); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $postData); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true); // Return response as a string curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERPWD, $apiKey . ":"); // Set the API key as the basic auth username $body = curl_exec($ch); curl_close($ch); $response = json_decode($body, true); echo "Response:\n---------\n"; print_r($response);
Your source file is now being converted. Send an HTTP request to
GET https://sandbox.zamzar.com/v1/jobs/$jobId to check its progress. The response will also give you details about your converted file.
<?php $jobID = 15; $endpoint = "https://sandbox.zamzar.com/v1/jobs/$jobID"; $apiKey = "GiVUYsF4A8ssq93FR48H"; $ch = curl_init(); // Init curl curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $endpoint); // API endpoint curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true); // Return response as a string curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERPWD, $apiKey . ":"); // Set the API key as the basic auth username $body = curl_exec($ch); curl_close($ch); $job = json_decode($body, true); echo "Job:\n----\n"; print_r($job);
Once the status of your job is
successful, your converted file is ready to download. Send an HTTP request to
GET https://sandbox.zamzar.com/v1/file/$fileId/content to download it. We store your files for a day by default, and for longer on our paid plans.
<?php $fileID = 3; $localFilename = "converted.jpg";; $endpoint = "https://sandbox.zamzar.com/v1/files/$fileID/content"; $apiKey = "GiVUYsF4A8ssq93FR48H"; $ch = curl_init(); // Init curl curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $endpoint); // API endpoint curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERPWD, $apiKey . ":"); // Set the API key as the basic auth username curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, TRUE); $fh = fopen($localFilename, "wb"); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_FILE, $fh); $body = curl_exec($ch); curl_close($ch); echo "File downloaded\n";
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Another option is to use the open source, community driven PEAR package for generating Excel Spreadsheets.
A third alternative is using the Zamzar API. The API will allow you to manipulate your Excel file seamlessly and with the same quality as the native Microsoft Office toolset. There's no need to worry about hosting, and with S3 Integration you can automatically import and export to S3 with just two lines of code. There's a dedicated support team in place who can provide assistance at any stage of the process plus there's an extensive documentation library that should cover any issues/FAQ's.
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Another option is to use an open source tool such as ImageMagick, which is known as the "Swiss Army Knife" of image processing. It has a large number of configurable options and is fairly easily configurable through a handy object-oriented interface - see these examples. It also has extensive documentation and there is a wide body of online support in forums should you hit technical issues.
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