Reading and Writing CSV Files in PHP

CSV is a type of file. It means Comma Separated Values. Spreadsheets software like Excel will offer you the opportunity to save files with the CSV extension. It is a big challenge for web developers to write a lengthy code to parse these files for different purposes, may be for databases like MySql.

How to Process a CSV File in PHP

PHP has a function called fgetcsv that allows you to place the values from a comma separated value (csv) file into an array. The function reads one line (row) at a time, so it must be placed within a loop in order to process an entire file.

The function arguments are as follows: resource, length of line, delimiter, enclosure and escape. You should specify the length to be longer than the longest line. Use the delimiter argument if your file uses something other than a comma. If your data is enclosed in single and double quotes, specify that in the enclosure argument. The escape value defaults to “new line”, but can be specified as something else.

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  • It can “Read” CSV files
  • It can “Write” CSV files
  • Full control to use CSV delimiter
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