Richard Knop Richard Knop - 1 month ago 13
PHP Question

file_get_contents() Breaks Up UTF-8 Characters

I am loading a HTML from an external server. The HTML markup has UTF-8 encoding and contains characters such as ľ,š,č,ť,ž etc. When I load the HTML with file_get_contents() like this:

$html = file_get_contents('http://example.com/foreign.html');


It messes up the UTF-8 characters and loads Å, ¾, ¤ and similar nonsense instead of proper UTF-8 characters.

How can I solve this?

UPDATE:

I tried both saving the HTML to a file and outputting it with UTF-8 encoding. Both doesn't work so it means file_get_contents() is already returning broken HTML.

UPDATE2:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="sk" lang="sk">
<head>

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
<meta http-equiv="Content-Style-Type" content="text/css" />
<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="sk" />
<title>Test</title>

</head>
<body>


<?php

$html = file_get_contents('http://example.com');
echo htmlentities($html);

?>

</body>
</html>

Answer

Alright. I have found out the file_get_contents() is not causing this problem. There's a different reason which I talk about in another question. Silly me.

See this question: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2236889/why-does-dom-change-encoding