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PHP fgetc() Function

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Example

Read one character from the open file:

<?php
$file = fopen("test.txt","r");
echo fgetc($file);
fclose($file);
?>
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Definition and Usage

The fgetc() function returns a single character from an open file.

Note: This function is slow and should not be used on large files. If you need to read one character at a time from a large file, use fgets() to read data one line at a time and then process the line one single character at a time with fgetc().

Syntax

fgetc(file)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
file Required. Specifies the open file to return a single character from


Technical Details

Return Value: A single character read from the file on success, FALSE on EOF
PHP Version: 4.0+
Binary Safe: Yes

More Examples

Example

Read open file, character by character:

<?php
$file = fopen("test.txt","r");
while (! feof($file)) {
  echo fgetc($file);
  }
fclose($file);
?>
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