nn2 nn2 - 4 months ago 14
PHP Question

Export to CSV via PHP

Let's say I have a database.... is there a way I can export what I have from the database to a CSV file (and text file [if possible]) via PHP?

Answer

I personaly use this function to create csv content from any array.

function array2csv(array &$array)
{
   if (count($array) == 0) {
     return null;
   }
   ob_start();
   $df = fopen("php://output", 'w');
   fputcsv($df, array_keys(reset($array)));
   foreach ($array as $row) {
      fputcsv($df, $row);
   }
   fclose($df);
   return ob_get_clean();
}

Then you can make your user download that file using something like:

function download_send_headers($filename) {
    // disable caching
    $now = gmdate("D, d M Y H:i:s");
    header("Expires: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 06:00:00 GMT");
    header("Cache-Control: max-age=0, no-cache, must-revalidate, proxy-revalidate");
    header("Last-Modified: {$now} GMT");

    // force download  
    header("Content-Type: application/force-download");
    header("Content-Type: application/octet-stream");
    header("Content-Type: application/download");

    // disposition / encoding on response body
    header("Content-Disposition: attachment;filename={$filename}");
    header("Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary");
}

Usage example:

download_send_headers("data_export_" . date("Y-m-d") . ".csv");
echo array2csv($array);
die();
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