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PHP read file from network drive

I’m working on a local hosted project where php needs to read a text file that’s stored on a network drive and is not directly accessible with a php script or so I thought.

Turns out with the correct network path a regular file_get_contents is all you need to grab files located over a network drive. In the example below I’m calling a txt file located on a z drive.

file_get_contents('file:///z:/Desktop/contacts.txt')

 For this to work the php server needs to be running on the same network you’re trying to access.

David Carr

David Carr

For the past 12 years, I’ve been developing applications for the web using mostly PHP. I do this for a living and love what I do as every day there is something new and exciting to learn.

In my spare time, the web development community is a big part of my life. Whether managing online programming groups and blogs or attending a conference, I find keeping involved helps me stay up to date. This is also my chance to give back to the community that helped me get started, a place I am proud to be apart of.

Besides programming I love spending time with friends and family and can often be found together going out catching the latest movie, staying in playing games on the sofa or planning a trip to someplace I’ve never been before.