THE WORLD'S LARGEST WEB DEVELOPER SITE

PHP Tutorial

PHP HOME PHP Intro PHP Install PHP Syntax PHP Comments PHP Variables PHP Echo / Print PHP Data Types PHP Strings PHP Numbers PHP Constants PHP Operators PHP If...Else...Elseif PHP Switch PHP While Loops PHP For Loops PHP Functions PHP Arrays PHP Sorting Arrays PHP Superglobals

PHP Forms

PHP Form Handling PHP Form Validation PHP Form Required PHP Form URL/E-mail PHP Form Complete

PHP Advanced

PHP Arrays Multi PHP Date and Time PHP Include PHP File Handling PHP File Open/Read PHP File Create/Write PHP File Upload PHP Cookies PHP Sessions PHP Filters PHP Filters Advanced

PHP OOP

PHP What is OOP PHP Classes/Objects PHP Constructor PHP Destructor PHP Access Modifiers PHP Inheritance PHP Constants PHP Abstract Classes PHP Traits PHP Static Methods PHP Static Properties

MySQL Database

MySQL Database MySQL Connect MySQL Create DB MySQL Create Table MySQL Insert Data MySQL Get Last ID MySQL Insert Multiple MySQL Prepared MySQL Select Data MySQL Delete Data MySQL Update Data MySQL Limit Data

PHP XML

PHP XML Parsers PHP SimpleXML Parser PHP SimpleXML - Get PHP XML Expat PHP XML DOM

PHP - AJAX

AJAX Intro AJAX PHP AJAX Database AJAX XML AJAX Live Search AJAX Poll

PHP Examples

PHP Examples PHP Quiz PHP Exercises PHP Certificate

PHP Reference

PHP Overview PHP Array PHP Calendar PHP Date PHP Directory PHP Error PHP Filesystem PHP Filter PHP FTP PHP Libxml PHP Mail PHP Math PHP Misc PHP MySQLi PHP Network PHP SimpleXML PHP Stream PHP String PHP XML Parser PHP Zip PHP Timezones

PHP file() Function

❮ PHP Filesystem Reference

Example

Read a file into an array:

<?php
print_r(file("test.txt"));
?>
Run Example »

Definition and Usage

The file() reads a file into an array.

Each array element contains a line from the file, with the newline character still attached.

Syntax

file(filename, flag, context)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
filename Required. Specifies the path to the file to read
flag Optional. Can be one or more of the following constants:
  • FILE_USE_INCLUDE_PATH - Search for the file in the include_path (in php.ini)
  • FILE_IGNORE_NEW_LINES - Skip the newline at the end of each array element
  • FILE_SKIP_EMPTY_LINES - Skip empty lines in the file
context Optional. Specifies the context of the file handle. Context is a set of options that can modify the behavior of a stream. Can be skipped by using NULL.


Technical Details

Return Value: The entire file in an array, FALSE on failure
PHP Version: 4.0+
Binary Safe: Yes, in PHP 4.3

❮ PHP Filesystem Reference