Download a zip file from web and enumerate through contents to save

Posted on 2011-02-20
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I have a web url which if accessed will download the file.  There are no security issues or any passwords.  I would like to grab the file using PHP and enumerate through the contents to rename and save individually.
Question by:Dean_Kletter
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Expert Comment

ID: 34940415
All that you need is in this tutorial:

just start reading from step number 5.

For getting the .zip file from the website you can use the file_get_contents() funtion:

For save it in your own server use file_put_contents.

After this point you can use the code in the tutorial (from step 5), and just add the renaming routine.

Hope this helps!.


Author Comment

ID: 34940498
Ok, when I save it on my own server
Private function download_pics ($dl_link){
	$zip = new ZipArchive;
	$getFile = file_get_contents($dl_link);
	$tempFile = file_put_contents($getfile);
	$x = $zip->open($tempFile);
	if  ($x === true){
	  } ELSE {
  	  die("<br/>There was a problem unpacking the .ZIP archive.");

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Author Comment

ID: 34940502
It fails with the error, wondering if I need to save the files physically on my server before I can work with it?
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Expert Comment

ID: 34940530
wondering if I need to save the files physically on my server before I can work with it?

Yes, that's why I suggest you to use a combination of file_get_contents() and file_put_contents().

With the firstone you read the file remotely, with the second one you save it in your server before start working over it.

Other way it will not work.


Author Comment

ID: 34940541
Well, I did use those two commands you suggested, although I obviously did something incorrectly.  The code I pasted above is the combination of your two suggestions.  You see anything in there I'm missing.
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Accepted Solution

VanHackman earned 500 total points
ID: 34940569

>> You see anything in there I'm missing?

Yes, at line 4:

$tempFile = file_put_contents($getfile);

The file_put_contents function takes 2 arguments, the path to where you will save the file, and the data for the file itself:

so it should be something like:

$tempFile = file_put_contents("", $getfile);

So, read carefully the tutorial and the Php manual pages for the functions...:


Author Closing Comment

ID: 34940647
pft.. Details, how much could they matter to syntax!

Thanks for your help.
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Expert Comment

ID: 34945581
You are welcome.

Also, thank you for the points, glad to heard it works.

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