PHP | file_get_contents() Function

PHP file_get_contents() Function


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

The PHP file_get_contents() function reads a file into a string. This PHP function is the preferred method to read the contents of a file into a string because it can make use of memory mapping techniques if supported by the server to enhance performance.

Syntax

Following below is the syntax to use this function -

string file_get_contents ( string $filename [, bool $use_include_path = FALSE [, resource $context [, int $offset = 0 [, int $maxlen ]]]] )


This built-in PHP function is similar to file() function except that the file_get_contents() function returns the file in a string starting at a specified offset up to maxlen bytes.

Return Value

This PHP function returns the file in a string starting at a specified offset.

Example1

Try out the below example -

<?php
   $file = file_get_contents("/PhpProject/sample.txt", true);
   echo $file;
?>

Output

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

webdesigntutorialz
webdesign

Example2

Try out the below example -

<?php
   $section = file_get_contents("/PhpProject/sample.txt", NULL, NULL, 4, 10);
   var_dump($section);
?>

Output

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

string(10) "esigntutor"


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

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