jeddey jeddey - 8 months ago 30
PHP Question

headers already sent , export csv , can't download the file

im writing a basic script to download csv file based on database information,
in my dashboard/index.php i use GET and switch to include pages
so when i click on the link dashboard.php?link=export.php
i have a table with the all the data , there i have a link that i can download my csv file , my problem is that when i click to export.csv , i have an text output and not download file so i put those code :

header("Content-type: text/csv");
header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename={$filename}.csv");
header("Pragma: no-cache");
header("Expires: 0");

but always i see the content in text format and with an error

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/*/public_html/dev/dashboard/index.php:78) in /home/*/public_html/dev/dashboard/component/export.php on line 39

so i ask how can i resolve this issue , can i remove the header for the index in the export.php and set a new one also there to download the file or what extacly
maybe i need to change just in the export.php the Content-Type to be text/csv
but is alrady sent text/html .
please help to resolve this
thank you


As you can see, there is something already sent to output (printed) in your index.php file which is including your export.php file.

Make sure you are not printing anything before the headers. In some cases might be a space between the opening <?php tags or something little like that. btw mind that switch inclusion cases you have.

Other way is to try to use header_remove(); before the statements in export.php