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include – file_get_contents and php code

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


Hello is there a way to take the content of a php file while processing the php code in it?
I need to include a code into another page but I need to print the content it in a specific position.

If I use include the code will be printed before the html tag of course cause it’s processed before the page, but if I use file_get_contents the content is taken in the page but if I have some php tags I’ll get those too as plain text.

Thank you.

EDIT: sorry guys seems like I was drunk while I was writing. I corrected.

I have an engine that processes the page contents, puts them into a variable and then print them in a specific position within the html page. In the engine I need to “embed” the code of other “static” pages that could have some php tags. If I use file_get_contents I will get the content as plain text (with php tags not parsed) if I use include it just won’t work cause it’s not the function for it. So I what I need is to embed the PROCESSED code into the engine (as ready-to-be-printed HTML).

How to&Answers:

You can use an output buffer to include a PHP file but save the resulting output for later use instead of printing it immediately to the browser.

$output = ob_get_contents();

// now do something with $output


Your question is not 100% clear, but it looks like you want to include a remote php source, you can use include(“http://domain.com/path/to/php.phps”); instead of a file_get_contents.

You said that you just need a part of the remote code, if it’s that, you can use the file_get_contents, get this portion of the code with substr or reg exp save on a local file and include or do a eval.

None of the solutions are secure nor recommended, you should never include remote files to direct evaluation on your code.


If I understand correctly; you are trying to load a php file in to read its contents and execute it at the same time.


The following function does both and returns the contents of the file assuming it exists.

function load_and_process($path) {
    if(file_exists($path) {
        return file_get_contents($path);
    return false;

and call it like so:

if($file_contents = load_and_process('/foo/bar')) {
    echo "Loaded $file_contents from /foo/bar";