seengee seengee - 4 months ago 6
PHP Question

file_get_contents or readfile for displaying filesystem image

Can anyone advise on what is the best PHP function for displaying an image stored in a filesystem -

. We are switching from displaying images stored in the database so we still need to call the images through a PHP file and cannot link directly to the filesystem. I've seen people recommending both functions but I'm inclined towards using
. Would appreciate any input on this.


If you don't need to manipulate the images (resizing, adding watermarks,...) readfile() will be the best choice as it writes the file directly to the output buffer. file_get_contents() will read the file into memory instead - requiring a lot of memory with large files.