Read Excel with php

Is there a class or a function that facilitates reading excel directly into php?

Specifically, I have a two tab sheet. Ideally, the customer would upload the Excel file into a specific location on the web server (using a custom php program), then php would read the Excel tabs & store the data into a MySQL database.

Many times in the past I have done this by first having the customer save the Excel tabs (sheets) individually as csv or tab delimited files; I am well aware of how to accomplish that, just thinking it would be easier on them to avoid those steps.

Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief DeveloperAsked:
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Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I tried phpExcelReader. Sample does bot work with the example excel file they provide.

Not a good start.
Loganathan NatarajanLAMP DeveloperCommented:
What is the error you got? Please provide more details for not work?
Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Loganathan Natarajan,

When you download from Source Forge, they give you an example.php file (attached). Also, they give you a supposed Excel file ( jxlrwtest.xls). I cannot open that Excel file in Excel, it gives the error message attached.

I uploaded the files to my web server; I ran example.php, blank screen.

I used a different Excel file (that I know is a real file), blank screen.
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XLS file provided in previous comment is corrupted.
i save  xls or csv file using simple way.

to save error_log("data1\tdata2",3,"c:/test.xls");

to read

$value =file("c:/test.xls");
Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief DeveloperAuthor Commented:
"XLS file provided in previous comment is corrupted".

That file was provided by the developer & the sample php program does not work on a real xls file either.

Why are we pursuing this non-solution at all?
Shalom CarmelCTOCommented:
Excel file formats are changing between office versions. An XLS file is not the same as a XSLX file.
Try saving as XLS, and see if it helps. Of course, this puts you in the same spot like saving to CSV....

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Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief DeveloperAuthor Commented:
To shalomc,

I'll try that, it's still better because the file is a workbook with several sheets; the main goal is to upload ONE file & let the php on the server do the rest.

Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief DeveloperAuthor Commented:
To all,

I created a test spreadsheet called Test1.xls (see attached). I modified example.php to read that file.

I changed the error reporting to what I am more familiar with.

See example.php (attached).

I ran it & got this:

entered example.php

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/rkassoc/public_html/phpExcelReader/Excel/reader.php on line 261

Warning: require_once(Spreadsheet/Excel/Reader/OLERead.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/rkassoc/public_html/phpExcelReader/Excel/reader.php on line 31

Fatal error: require_once(): Failed opening required 'Spreadsheet/Excel/Reader/OLERead.php' (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/rkassoc/public_html/phpExcelReader/Excel/reader.php on line 31

There is no OLERead.php; there is an

Based on this,, I'm guessing I have to modify reader.php accordingly.

Where the directory structure "Spreadsheet/Excel/Reader/" comes from & why it's needed are a mystery to me. Since is in the Excel/ directory, why can't I just modify reader.php to require_once(Excel/

It still seems odd that a downloaded package that purports to be what it says is so full of bugs right off the bat.

Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I actually did all the things I said in my last comment; it now works.

You pointed me in the right directions.

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