Angshu Guha Angshu Guha - 27 days ago 7
PHP Question

Writing Array to File in php And getting the data

I have An array which looks like following after using

print_r


Array ( [0] => Array ( [0] => piklu [name] => piklu ) [1] => Array ( [0] => arindam [name] => arindam ) [2] => Array ( [0] => shyamal [name] => shyamal ) [3] => Array ( [0] => arko [name] => arko ) [4] => Array ( [0] => pamela [name] => pamela ) [5] => Array ( [0] => dodo [name] => dodo ) [6] => Array ( [0] => tanmoy [name] => tanmoy ) [7] => Array ( [0] => jitu [name] => jitu ) [8] => Array ( [0] => ajgar [name] => ajgar ) )


Now I want to write this array direct to a file, I use the
file_put_contents
method, but I don't know how to get the data from the file exactly how they looks like original. Any idea to solve this?

Answer

Your problem at the moment is basically that you're only able to write strings into a file. So in order to use file_put_contents you first need to convert your data to a string.

For this specific use case there is a function called serialize which converts any PHP data type into a string (except resources).

Here an example how to use this.

$string_data = serialize($array);
file_put_contents("your-file.txt", $string_data);

You probably also want to extract your data later on. Simply use unserialize to convert the string data from the file back to an array.

This is how you do it:

$string_data = file_get_contents("your-file.txt");
$array = unserialize($string_data);