PHP, Excel

I need to read an excel file stored in a directory inside the web server. The file only has 1 column but many rows. I don't want to use plugins. Is there a simple way to achieve this? The excel file is .xls extension.

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Nope, als the xls in binary there is no simple preg_match. You will need a lib which can read this binary data and make ist accessible via php. See e.g a php lib which can read that binary xls file:

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maybe export from excel as a cab file
rolandmyAuthor Commented:
I used excel reader instead. Thanks for all who replied. Will award points to all.
Don't you love predicitive text !   That was supposed to be CSV, no cab !
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