PHP | filetype() Function

PHP filetype() Function

Hello dear readers! welcome back to another edition of our tutorial on PHP. In this tutorial guide, we are going to be discussing about the PHP filetype() Function.

The built-in PHP filetype() function returns the file type of the specified file or directory.


Following below is the syntax to use this function -

string filetype ( string filename )

The possible values are fifo, char, dir, block, link, file, and unknown.

The built-in PHP filetype() function can as well produce an E_NOTICE message if the stat call fails or if the file type is unknown.

Return Value

This built-in PHP function returns one of the seven possible values on success or false on failure.


Try out the below example -

   echo filetype("/PhpProject/sample.txt");  // file
   echo "\n";
   echo filetype("/PhpProject/");  // dir


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


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

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