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filetype

Gets file type (PHP 4, PHP 5)
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 637. filetype() example

<?php

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

?>


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 Appendix O, List of Supported Protocols/Wrappers for a listing of which wrappers support stat() family of functionality.