PHP | dir() Function

PHP dir() Function

Hello folks! welcome back to a new edition of our tutorial on PHP. In this tutorial guide, we are going to be discussing about the PHP dir() Function.

The built-in PHP dir() function opens a directory handle and then returns an object. The object contains three methods known as read(), rewind(), and close().


Following below is the syntax to use this function -

dirhandle bool dir ( string $directory )

Parameter Details

Sr.NoParameter & Description


The directory to be opened.

Return Value

This built-in function returns a directory handle on success or FALSE on failure.


Try out the below example -

   $d = dir("/var/www/");
   echo "Handle: " . $d->handle . "\n";
   echo "Path: " . $d->path . "\n";
   while (false !== ($entry = $d->read())) {
      echo $entry."\n";


When the above code is executed, it will produce the following result -

Handle: Resource id #5 Path: /var/www/ . html cgi-bin ..

Alright guys! This is where we are going to be rounding up for this tutorial post. In our next tutorial, we are going to be discussing about the PHP closedir() Function.

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