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Customer properties

You can store arbitrary key/language/value pairs in each customer account for different purposes. The JSON REST API allows you to manage them for the authenticated user.

Tip

The way how a user is authenticated depends very much on the PHP framework you use. Please have a look into the documentation of your framework of choice, e.g. at Laravel Passport/Sanctum or Symfony Guard).

The customer response returns the URLs for managing properties:

{
    "meta": {
        "total": 1,
        "prefix": null,
        "content-baseurl": "http://localhost:8000/",
        "csrf": {
            "name": "_token",
            "value": "..."
        }
    },
    "links": {
        "self": "http://localhost:8080/jsonapi/customer",
        "customer/property": {
            "href": "http://localhost:8000/jsonapi/customer?id=2&related=property",
            "allow": ["GET","POST"]
        }
    }
}

Fetch properties#

Retrieving the properties of a customer requires a GET request to the customer/property endpoint returned by the GET request for the customer, e.g.:

curl -b cookies.txt -c cookies.txt \
-X GET 'http://localhost:8000/jsonapi/customer?related=property'
$.ajax({
    method: "GET",
    dataType: "json",
    url: response['links']['customer/property']['href'] // from customer response
}).done( function( result ) {
    console.log( result.data );
});

When at least one property is available, the response will be similar to this one:

{
    "meta": {
        "total": 1,
        "prefix": null,
        "content-baseurl": "http://localhost:8000/",
        "csrf": {
            "name": "_token",
            "value": "..."
        }
    },
    "links": {
        "self": "http://localhost:8000/jsonapi/customer?related=property"
    },
    "data": [{
        "id": "1",
        "type": "customer\/property",
        "links": {
            "self": {
                "href": "http:\/\/localhost:8000\/jsonapi\/customer?id=2&related=property&relatedid=1",
                "allow": ["DELETE","GET","PATCH"]
            }
        },
        "attributes": {
            "customer.property.id": "1",
            "customer.property.languageid": null,
            "customer.property.value": "1000",
            "customer.property.type": "limit"
        }
    }]
}

Add properties#

To add one or more properties to an authenticated customer, use a POST request including the property data. The URL for that request is returned by the GET request to the customer endpoint and contains a customer/property entry in the links section:

{
    "meta": {
        "total": 1,
        "prefix": null,
        "content-baseurl": "http://localhost:8000/",
        "csrf": {
            "name": "_token",
            "value": "..."
        }
    },
    "links": {
        "self": "http://localhost:8080/jsonapi/customer",
        "customer/property": {
            "href": "http://localhost:8080/jsonapi/customer?related=property",
            "allow": ["GET","POST"]
        }
    }
}

These are the property fields you can use:

  • customer.property.type (arbitrary type code, up to 64 bytes)
  • customer.property.value (value string , up to 255 bytes)
  • customer.property.languageid (two letter ISO language code or null)

The request for creating a new property looks similar to this one:

curl -b cookies.txt -c cookies.txt \
-X POST 'http://localhost:8000/jsonapi/customer?related=property&_token=...' \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-d '{"data": [{
    "attributes": {
        "customer.property.type": "crm-id",
        "customer.property.languageid": null,
        "customer.property.value": "1234"
    }
}]}'
var params = {'data': [{
    'attributes': {
        "customer.property.type": "crm-id", // arbitrary type
        "customer.property.languageid": null, // optional
        "customer.property.value": "1234" // string up to 255 bytes
    }
}]};

var url = response['links']['customer/property']['href']; // from customer response

if(response['meta']['csrf']) { // add CSRF token if available and therefore required
    var csrf = {};
    csrf[response['meta']['csrf']['name']] = response['meta']['csrf']['value'];
    url += (url.indexOf('?') === -1 ? '?' : '&') + $.param(csrf);
}

$.ajax({
    url: url,
    method: "POST",
    dataType: "json",
    data: JSON.stringify(params)
}).done( function( result ) {
    console.log( result );
});

Modify property#

Changing one property of an authenticated customer is possible by executing a PATCH request. The URL for updating the property is returned to the response of the GET request which fetches all properties. You can add all property fields or only the modified ones in the PATCH request:

curl -b cookies.txt -c cookies.txt \
-X PATCH 'http://localhost:8000/jsonapi/customer?related=property&relatedid=...&_token=...' \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-d '{"data": {
    "attributes": {
        "customer.property.value": "4321"
    }
}}'
var params = {'data': {
    'attributes': {
        "customer.property.value": "4321"
    }
}};

var url = response['data'][0]['links']['self']['href']; // from customer property response

if(response['meta']['csrf']) { // add CSRF token if available and therefore required
    var csrf = {};
    csrf[response['meta']['csrf']['name']] = response['meta']['csrf']['value'];
    url += (url.indexOf('?') === -1 ? '?' : '&') + $.param(csrf);
}

$.ajax({
    url: url,
    method: "PATCH",
    dataType: "json",
    data: JSON.stringify(params)
}).done( function( result ) {
    console.log( result );
});

Delete properties#

Removing properties from the user account is also possible by executing a DELETE request to the URL of the property. In our first response above, the URL is:

http://localhost:8000/jsonapi/customer?id=2&related=property&relatedid=1

The DELETE request can be constructed like this:

curl -b cookies.txt -c cookies.txt \
-X DELETE 'http://localhost:8000/jsonapi/customer?related=property&relatedid=...&_token=...'
var url = response['data'][0]['links']['self']['href']; // from customer property response

if(response['meta']['csrf']) { // add CSRF token if available and therefore required
    var csrf = {};
    csrf[response['meta']['csrf']['name']] = response['meta']['csrf']['value'];
    url += (url.indexOf('?') === -1 ? '?' : '&') + $.param(csrf);
}

$.ajax({
    url: url,
    method: "DELETE",
    dataType: "json"
}).done( function( result ) {
    console.log( result );
});

Then, the property entry identified by its ID is removed from the customer account.

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