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filetype

(PHP 4, PHP 5)

filetypeGets file type

Description

string filetype ( string $filename )

Returns the type of the given file.

Parameters

filename

Path to the file.

Return Values

Returns the type of the file. Possible values are fifo, char, dir, block, link, file, socket and unknown.

Returns FALSE if an error occurs. filetype() will also produce an E_NOTICE message if the stat call fails or if the file type is unknown.

Examples

Example #1 filetype() example

<?php

echo filetype('/etc/passwd');  // file
echo filetype('/etc/');        // dir

?>

Errors/Exceptions

Upon failure, an E_WARNING is emitted.

Notes

Note: The results of this function are cached. See clearstatcache() for more details.

Tip

As of PHP 5.0.0, this function can also be used with some URL wrappers. Refer to Supported Protocols and Wrappers to determine which wrappers support stat() family of functionality.

See Also

  • is_dir() - Tells whether the filename is a directory
  • is_file() - Tells whether the filename is a regular file
  • is_link() - Tells whether the filename is a symbolic link
  • file_exists() - Checks whether a file or directory exists
  • mime_content_type() - Detect MIME Content-type for a file (deprecated)
  • pathinfo() - Returns information about a file path
  • stat() - Gives information about a file

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