Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   30 times

I'm working on a slightly new project. I wanted to know how many files are in a certain directory.

<div id="header">
    $dir = opendir('uploads/'); # This is the directory it will count from
    $i = 0; # Integer starts at 0 before counting

    # While false is not equal to the filedirectory
    while (false !== ($file = readdir($dir))) { 
        if (!in_array($file, array('.', '..') and !is_dir($file)) $i++;

    echo "There were $i files"; # Prints out how many were in the directory

This is what I have so far (from searching). However, it is not appearing properly? I have added a few notes so feel free to remove them, they are just so I can understand it as best as I can.

If you require some more information or feel as if I haven't described this enough please feel free to state so.



You can simply do the following :

$fi = new FilesystemIterator(__DIR__, FilesystemIterator::SKIP_DOTS);
printf("There were %d Files", iterator_count($fi));
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

Check out the Standard PHP Library (aka SPL) for DirectoryIterator:

$dir = new DirectoryIterator('/path/to/dir');
foreach($dir as $file ){
  $x += (isImage($file)) ? 1 : 0;

(FYI there is an undocumented function called iterator_count() but probably best not to rely on it for now I would imagine. And you'd need to filter out unseen stuff like . and .. anyway.)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

Give the checkboxes names as array like

<input type = "checkbox" value = "box" name = "checkbox[]"/>

And after submit try like

$checked_arr = $_POST['checkbox'];
$count = count($checked_arr);
echo "There are ".$count." checkboxe(s) are checked";

Note : And based on the method that your form submit using...whether it is $_GET or $_POST you need to use $_POST['checkbox'] for POST method and $_GET['checkbox'] for the GET method.

Saturday, May 29, 2021
answered 5 Months ago
if ($handle = opendir('.')) {
    while (false !== ($file = readdir($handle)))
        if ($file != "." && $file != ".." && strtolower(substr($file, strrpos($file, '.') + 1)) == 'xml')
            $thelist .= '<li><a href="'.$file.'">'.$file.'</a></li>';

A simple way to look at the extension using substr and strrpos

Monday, June 7, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

According to this Microsoft article, the lookup time of a directory increases proportional to the square of the number of entries. (Although that was a bug against NT 3.5.)

A similar question was asked on the Old Joel on Software Forum. One answer was that performance seems to drop between 1000 and 3000 files, and one poster hit a hard limit at 18000 files. Still another post claims that 300,000 files are possible but search times decrease rapidly as all the 8.3 filenames are used up.

To avoid large directories, create one, two or more levels of subdirectories and hash the files into those. The simplest kind of hash uses the letters of the filename. So a file starting abc0001.txt would be placed as abcabc0001.txt, assuming you chose 3 levels of nesting. 3 is probably overkill - using two characters per directory reduces the number of nesting levels. e.g. ababc0001.txt. You will only need to go to two levels of nesting if you anticipate that any directory will have vastly more than ca. 3000 files.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
answered 1 Month ago
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