Pavel L Pavel L - 1 month ago 20
PHP Question

PHPExcel_Writer_Exception with message "Could not close zip file php://output."

I'm using PHPExcel to export some data to user in an excel file. I would like the script to send the excel file to the user immediately after it's creation. Here is my test code:


/* Some test data */
$data = array(
array(1, 10 , 2 ,),
array(3, 'qqq', 'some string' ,),

$objPHPExcel = new PHPExcel();

/* Fill the excel sheet with the data */
$rowI = 0;
foreach($data as $row){
$colI = 0;
foreach($row as $v){
$colChar = PHPExcel_Cell::stringFromColumnIndex($colI++);
$cellId = $colChar.($rowI+1);
$objPHPExcel->getActiveSheet()->SetCellValue($cellId, $v);

header('Content-Type: application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet');
header('Content-Disposition: attachment;filename="export.xlsx"');
header('Cache-Control: max-age=0');

$objWriter = PHPExcel_IOFactory::createWriter($objPHPExcel, 'Excel2007');

}catch(Exception $e){
echo $e->__toString();

On my local server
(Windows 7 x64, Php 5.3.8, Apache 2.2.21)
I get a valid xlsx file. There are no errors.
But there is problem on the live server
(Linux 2.6.32-5-amd64, PHP 5.3.3-7+squeeze13, Apache 2.2.16)
. The script lets the browser to download the "export.xlsx" file with such content:

exception 'PHPExcel_Writer_Exception' with message 'Could not close zip file php://output.' in /var/www/someuser/data/www/
Stack trace:
#0 /var/www/someuser/data/www/ PHPExcel_Writer_Excel2007->save('php://output')
#1 /var/www/someuser/data/www/ Report_Leads_Export->Test()
#2 /var/www/someuser/data/www/ Account_TestController->indexAction()
#3 /var/www/someuser/data/www/ Zend_Controller_Action->dispatch('indexAction')
#4 /var/www/someuser/data/www/ Zend_Controller_Dispatcher_Standard->dispatch(Object(Zend_Controller_Request_Http), Object(Zend_Controller_Response_Http))
#5 /var/www/someuser/data/www/ Zend_Controller_Front->dispatch()
#6 {main}

PHP is NOT running in Safe Mode. The "open_basedir" option is empty (it's commented out).

I have found such code in the PHPExcel files:

if ($objZip->close() === false) {
throw new PHPExcel_Writer_Exception("Could not close zip file $pFilename.");

So the reason of the problem is that
$objZip->close() === false
is an instance of

What is the reason of the problem and how can I solve it? Thank you.


The most common cause of this error when saving to php://output is an open_basedir restriction that doesn't include a valid system's temp folder (e.g. /tmp), or permissions for the system's temp folder... suhosin can also affect this, even when the obvious permissions appear to be set correctly.

A possible workround is to write the file to the filesystem in a directory that you know you do have full privileges to write, and then use readfile() to stream that file to php://output before deleting the file