In this tutorial, we will explore how we can use PHP to change between directories within a filesystem.
If you have used a terminal before, whether Windows or Linux, you are probably familiar with the
This command allows us to change directory to any location within the filesystem. This enables us to quickly and efficiently switch to various locations in the filesystem without the need for a Graphical Interface.
PHP chdir() Function
chdir() function in PHP allows us to change the directory in PHP. The function syntax is as shown:
chdir(string $directory): bool
The function accepts one parameter:
directory- the path to the target directory as a string value.
The function returns a Boolean value with
True on success and
Example Function Usage
The following example demonstrates how to use the
chdir() function to change the working directory.
<?php // current directory echo getcwd() . "\n"; chdir('/var/www'); // current directory echo getcwd() . "\n"; ?>
The above code should change the working directory from
/var/www directory. Resulting output:
In this post, you learned how you can use the
chdir() function to switch directories in PHP.
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