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(PHP Extension) Quickbooks OAuth2 in a Desktop App

Demonstrates how to get a QuickBooks OAuth2 access token from a desktop application or script.

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// The version number (9_5_0) should match version of the Chilkat extension used, omitting the micro-version number.
// For example, if using Chilkat v9.5.0.48, then include as shown here:

// It requires the Chilkat API to have been previously unlocked.
// See Global Unlock Sample for sample code.

$oauth2 = new CkOAuth2();

// QuickBooks OAuth2 allows for an "http://localhost:<portNumber>/" callback URL for sandbox testing,
// but not for production.
// For a desktop app, you must provide a script on your web server to redirect to "http://localhost/<portNumber>"
// It can be written in C#, PHP, or whatever desired.  It must include the query string in the redirection.
// For example, in PHP your script would look like this:

// <?php
//   header( 'Location: http://localhost:3017?' . $_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'] );
// ?>



// Replace these with actual values.

// Indicate the desired access.  Possible scopes that can appear in the list are:
//  QuickBooks Online API
//  QuickBooks Payments API
// openid:  OpenID Connect processing
// profile:  user's given and family names
// email:  user's email address
// phone:  user's phone number
// address:  user's physical address

// Begin the OAuth2 three-legged flow.  This returns a URL that should be loaded in a browser.
$url = $oauth2->startAuth();
if ($oauth2->get_LastMethodSuccess() != true) {
    print $oauth2->lastErrorText() . "\n";

print 'url = ' . $url . "\n";

// At this point, your application should load the URL in a browser.
// For example, 
// in C#: System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(url);
// in Java: Desktop.getDesktop().browse(new URI(url));
// in VBScript: Set wsh=WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
//              wsh.Run url
// The QuickBooks account owner would interactively accept or deny the authorization request.

// Add the code to load the url in a web browser here...
// Add the code to load the url in a web browser here...
// Add the code to load the url in a web browser here...

// Now wait for the authorization.
// We'll wait for a max of 60 seconds.
$numMsWaited = 0;
while (($numMsWaited < 60000) and ($oauth2->get_AuthFlowState() < 3)) {
    $numMsWaited = $numMsWaited + 100;

// If there was no response from the browser within 60 seconds, then 
// the AuthFlowState will be equal to 1 or 2.
// 1: Waiting for Redirect. The OAuth2 background thread is waiting to receive the redirect HTTP request from the browser.
// 2: Waiting for Final Response. The OAuth2 background thread is waiting for the final access token response.
// In that case, cancel the background task started in the call to StartAuth.
if ($oauth2->get_AuthFlowState() < 3) {
    print 'No response from the browser!' . "\n";

// Check the AuthFlowState to see if authorization was granted, denied, or if some error occurred
// The possible AuthFlowState values are:
// 3: Completed with Success. The OAuth2 flow has completed, the background thread exited, and the successful JSON response is available in AccessTokenResponse property.
// 4: Completed with Access Denied. The OAuth2 flow has completed, the background thread exited, and the error JSON is available in AccessTokenResponse property.
// 5: Failed Prior to Completion. The OAuth2 flow failed to complete, the background thread exited, and the error information is available in the FailureInfo property.
if ($oauth2->get_AuthFlowState() == 5) {
    print 'OAuth2 failed to complete.' . "\n";
    print $oauth2->failureInfo() . "\n";

if ($oauth2->get_AuthFlowState() == 4) {
    print 'OAuth2 authorization was denied.' . "\n";
    print $oauth2->accessTokenResponse() . "\n";

if ($oauth2->get_AuthFlowState() != 3) {
    print 'Unexpected AuthFlowState:' . $oauth2->get_AuthFlowState() . "\n";

// Save the full JSON access token response to a file.
$sbJson = new CkStringBuilder();

// The full JSON received looks like this:
// {
//   "expires_in": 3600,
//   "x_refresh_token_expires_in": 8726400,
//   "refresh_token": "L011546037639r ... 3vR2DrbOmg0Sdagw",
//   "access_token": "eyJlbmMiOiJBMTI4Q0 ... oETJEMbeggg",
//   "token_type": "bearer"
// }

print 'OAuth2 authorization granted!' . "\n";
print 'Access Token = ' . $oauth2->accessToken() . "\n";



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