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Lightweight Excel(xls/xlsx) php library needed

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A friend would like to use a Php Excel library to read/write files on formats xls and xlsx, he knows about the one called “PhpExcel” but apparently is way too big of a library for him.

I would like you to suggest if there is any other phplib you could recommend him.


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How to&Answers:

Reading only: http://sourceforge.net/projects/phpexcelreader/ 21.5kb
Create your own very simply: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/library/os-phpexcel/


You won’t find a lightweight library that can both read and write both xls and xlsx files other than PHPExcel. However, if you want a list of the available options for working with Excel files in PHP, you can find it here.


OpenTBS can generate XLSX files using the technic of templates.

It can also read any sub XML file in the XLSX.

OpenTBS can do the same with any Ms Office (docx, xlsx, pptx) and OpenOffice documents.