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display from directory

Posted on 2008-06-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-06

I need to know how I can get last ten file in the directory using PHP ?? Thanks
Question by:usmbay
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Expert Comment

ID: 21856557
How do you want them to be sorted?

Expert Comment

ID: 21858664
I've just written this for you, hopefully it will do the trick.  It's a function that returns the last 10 files modified in a given directory.  It has an optional parameter so you can specify how many files to return, if left blank, it defaults to 10.  The files are returned sorted in descending order.  You could list the files using a foreach loop.


$files = list_files ("C:\\");
foreach ($files as $k => $v) {
    echo "$v<br />\n";

Hope this helps.

More Example Usage:

print_r ( list_files ("C:\\"));    //  Lists the last 10 modified files in the C:\ drive.
print_r ( list_files ("C:\\Program Files\\", 20));   // Lists the last 20 modified files in Program Files

	function list_files ($string_dir, $int_limit = 10) {
		$files = array();
		//	Get all the files in the directory, along with the last modified date.
		if ($dir_handle = opendir ($string_dir)) {
			while (false !== ($file = readdir ($dir_handle))) {
				$files[date("YmdHis", filemtime($string_dir . $file))] = $file;
	    	krsort ($files);
	    	$files = array_chunk ($files, $int_limit, true);
	    	return $files[0];
		return false;

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Author Comment

ID: 21860178
in this query the file_name represent the file name but the problem is the pdf_files includes all the files name either exist or not so when I excute the query it return all files name but  they're not physically exist
so I need to return file_name physically exist only in the directory

SELECT      file_name  FROM pdf_files;

file_name from the database

but what's in the directory is till 103 only so in the query return only up to 103.pdf  


Accepted Solution

morristhebear earned 500 total points
ID: 21860289
OK.  You can use the file_exists function with a loop and break out of it once you find a file that isn't found.  The snippet below should send you in the right direction, you will need to change the file_exists part where it says path to point to your directory where the PDF files are stored.

Hope this helps.
	$query = "SELECT file_name FROM pdf_files";
	while ($row = mysql_fetch_array($query)) {
		if (file_exists('path' . $row['file_name'] . '.pdf')) {
			echo $row['file_name'] . "<br />\n";
		} else {

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Author Comment

ID: 22000811
ok it works but it return the files from last year it's log list , is there a way to return last 10 file only

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