Push Notifications for iOS Using PHP: A Guide

This article is a step-by-step guide on how to send push notifications to iOS devices using PHP. Learn how to implement push notifications for your iOS app.

Push notifications are a powerful tool for keeping your users engaged with your iOS app. In this tutorial, we'll walk you through the steps of sending push notifications to iOS devices using PHP

Step 1: Create an Apple Developer Account

To send push notifications to iOS devices, you'll need to have an Apple Developer account. If you don't have one already, you can create one for free on the Apple Developer website.

Step 2: Set Up Your App for Push Notifications

Before you can send push notifications, you'll need to configure your app to receive them. To do this, you'll need to create an SSL certificate and configure your app's bundle identifier and provisioning profile.

Step 3: Set Up Your PHP Server

To send push notifications from your PHP server, you'll need to have the following:

  • A valid SSL certificate
  • An APNS certificate and key
  • The APNS PHP library

Once you have these items, you can start setting up your PHP server. You'll need to install the APNS PHP library, which will allow you to connect to the APNS server and send push notifications.

Step 4: Write Your PHP Code

To send a push notification from your PHP server, you'll need to write some code. Here's an example of what your code might look like:


$deviceToken = '1234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234';

$payload = array(
    'aps' => array(
        'alert' => 'Hello, world!',
        'badge' => 1

$apnsHost = 'ssl://gateway.sandbox.push.apple.com';
$apnsPort = 2195;
$apnsCert = 'path/to/apns.pem';

$streamContext = stream_context_create();
stream_context_set_option($streamContext, 'ssl', 'local_cert', $apnsCert);

$apnsSocket = stream_socket_client($apnsHost . ':' . $apnsPort, $error, $errorString, 60, STREAM_CLIENT_CONNECT, $streamContext);

$payloadJSON = json_encode($payload);
$notification = chr(0) . pack('n', 32) . pack('H*', $deviceToken) . pack('n', strlen($payloadJSON)) . $payloadJSON;

fwrite($apnsSocket, $notification);



In this example, we're sending a push notification with the message "Hello, world!" and a badge number of 1 to the device with the token '1234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234'. You'll need to replace this device token with the token for the device you want to send the notification to.

Step 5: Test Your Code

Once you've written your code, you'll need to test it to make sure it's working correctly. You can use a tool like APNS Pusher to send a test notification to your app.

Step 6: Send Push Notifications to Your Users

Now that you've tested your code and it's working correctly, you can start sending push notifications to your users. You'll need to write a script that reads your user database and sends a notification to each user's device token.


Sending push notifications to iOS devices using PHP is a powerful way to keep your users engaged and informed. By following these steps, you can easily set up your PHP server and start sending push notifications to your users.