URL Reader

Posted by Mr PHP on

This function will download the contents of any URL and return it as a string that you can save to a file or database.

It will use curl if it is installed. Otherwise it will use fopen/fread.


function url_reader($url,$referer=null) {
  if (function_exists('curl_init')) {
    $ch  =  curl_init();
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
    if ($referer) {
      curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_REFERER, $referer);
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
    $data = curl_exec($ch);
  else {
    $data = '';
    $handle = fopen($url,'rb');
    while (!feof($handle)) {
      $data .= fread($handle, 8192);
  return $data;

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