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javascript – Php doesn't return the correct mime type

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


The finfo function is returning crazy mime types. Look the following code, what is going on?

    $files = array ("css.css", "index.html", "js.js", "png.png");

    $info = finfo_open (FILEINFO_MIME_TYPE);

    for ($i = 0; $i < count ($files); $i ++) {
        $type = finfo_file ($info, $files[$i]);

        $files[$i] = $type;

    finfo_close ($info);

    echo $files[0]; // text/x-c -> WHAT ?!
    echo $files[1]; // text/html -> Ok !
    echo $files[2]; // text/x-c++ -> WHAT ?!
    echo $files[3]; // image/png -> Ok !


How to&Answers:

I’m not intimately familiar with the workings of fileinfo, but I think this is normal. Text files (and that’s what CSS and JS are) provide no clear pointers as to what content it has. They have no header bytes, no defined structure. So all poor fileinfo can do is guess – with poor results, as you can see.

I think to successfully verify the contents of .js and .css files, you have to either rely on the extension, or actually parse them with the correct, appropriate parser.


At present, there seems to be a bug with finfo


it’s got to do with the content of the actual mime database, as opposed to any erroneous logic.

What I’m doing (which may not be as useful for more rigourous situations) is hard code the correct mime types that I know I’ll need so that the hard coding will simply need to be commented out for the next version of PHP. À la:

$info = finfo_open(FILEINFO_MIME_TYPE);     
$mime_type = finfo_file($info, $file_name);
$extension = pathinfo($file_name,PATHINFO_EXTENSION);

//there is a bug with finfo_file();
// hard coding the correct mime types for presently needed file extensions

    case 'css':
        $mime_type = 'text/css';
    case 'js':
        $mime_type = 'application/javascript';


check this

$files = array ("css.css", "index.html", "js.js", "png.png");

    for ($i = 0; $i < count ($files); $i ++) {
        $files[$i] = preg_replace("%.*\.(\w)%i", "$1", $files[$i]);

    echo $files[0]; //css
    echo $files[1]; //html
    echo $files[2]; //js
    echo $files[3]; //png


I recently faced a situation where an uploaded text file was wrongly recognized as “text/x-c++” because it began with the keyword class . It was correctly recognized as “text/plain” with another first word.
It was indeed probably related to the browser recognition algorithm, as this also occurred on this website : https://htmlstrip.com/mime-file-type-checker


Have you checked your server’s mime type definitions? I assume it uses the servers definitions just like browsers use the client computers definition for uploaded files.