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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Get Remote File Size Using PHP

We can get a file's size by using PHP build in filesize function. But the problem is this function only works for local file. If you want to get a remote file's size you need to think some other way. In this post I am going to show you how we can get a remote file's size from it's header information with out downloading file. I will show you two example. One, using get_headers function and another using cURL. Using get_headers is very simple  approach  and works for every body. Using cURL is more advance and powerful. You can use any one of these. But I  recommend  to use cURL approach. Here we go..

get_headers  Approach:
 * Get Remote File Size
 * @param sting $url as remote file URL
 * @return int as file size in byte
function remote_file_size($url){
	# Get all header information
	$data = get_headers($url, true);
	# Look up validity
	if (isset($data['Content-Length']))
		# Return file size
		return (int) $data['Content-Length'];

echo remote_file_size('http://www.google.com/images/srpr/logo4w.png');


cURL  Approach:
 * Remote File Size Using cURL
 * @param srting $url
 * @return int || void
function remotefileSize($url) {
	$ch = curl_init($url);
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_NOBODY, 1);
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 0);
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, 0);
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, 1);
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_MAXREDIRS, 3);
	$filesize = curl_getinfo($ch, CURLINFO_CONTENT_LENGTH_DOWNLOAD);
	if ($filesize) return $filesize;

echo remotefileSize('http://www.google.com/images/srpr/logo4w.png');



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