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PHP filetype() Function


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Definition and Usage

The filetype() function returns the file type of a specified file or directory.

This function returns the one of seven possible values on success or FALSE on failure.

Possible return values:

  • fifo
  • char
  • dir
  • block
  • link
  • file
  • unknown

Syntax

filetype(filename)

Parameter Description
filename Required. Specifies the file to check


Tips and Notes

Note: The result of this function are cached. Use clearstatcache() to clear the cache.


Example 1

<?php
echo filetype("test.txt");
?>

The output of the code above will be:

file


Example 2

<?php
echo filetype("images");
?>

The output of the code above will be:

dir


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