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function – PHP readfile vs. file_get_contents

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I have used following code to generate zip

// push to download the zip
header('Content-type: application/zip');
header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="'.$zip_name.'"');
readfile($zip_name);

this code works fine but for unknown reasons was not working until I tried

// push to download the zip
header('Content-type: application/zip');
header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="'.$zip_name.'"');
echo file_get_contents($zip_name);

I am curious about finding what is happening in both the cases

How to&Answers:

Readfile will read the file directly into the output buffer, and file_get_contents will load the file into memory, when you echo the result the data is copied from memory to the output buffer effectively using 2 times the memory of readfile.