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download – Best way to get a file from remote server and copy to local server using php

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

Let’s say there is a file on a remote server that can be downloaded without any restrictions, ie. you can put the direct link to the file in your browser and it downloads the file, for example http://www.remotesite.com/video.avi will prompt your browser to download that file. Using php, what is the best way to grab that file and upload it to my local server without the file being downloaded to my PC at all, which is what happens with phpBB if you put a url in the file upload form? An example of the code needed would also be appreciated. Thanks

How to&Answers:

Just use copy

$source = "http://www.remotesite.com/video.avi";
$dest = "video.avi";
copy($source, $dest);

Answer:

$remote_file_contents = file_get_contents('http://remote_url/file/with.extension');
//Get the contents

$local_file_path = 'your/local/path/to/the/file/with.extension';

file_put_contents($local_file_path, $remote_file_contents);
//save the contents of the remote file

Answer:

You can read and write the file without browser download

<?php 

$file = 'http://www.remotesite.com/video.avi';

// read the file from remote location
$current = file_get_contents($file);

// create new file name
$name = "path/to/folder/newname.avi";

// Write the contents back to the file
file_put_contents($file, $current);