PHP | opendir() Function

PHP opendir() 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 opendir() Function.

The opendir() function opens up a directory handle that is to be used in subsequent closedir(), readdir(), and rewinddir() calls.


Following below is the syntax to use this function -

resource opendir ( string $path [, resource $context] );

Parameter Details

Sr.NoParameter & Description


The directory path that is to be opened



Specifies the context of the directory handle. Context is a set of options that can modify the behavior of a stream.

Return Value

This function returns a directory handle resource on success or FALSE on failure.


Try out the below example -

   $dir = opendir("/var/www/images");
   while (($file = readdir($dir)) !== false) {
      echo "filename: " . $file . "<br />";


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

filename: .
filename: ..
filename: logo.gif
filename: mohd.gif

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 readdir() Function.

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