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PHP Manual :: stream_get_contents

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(PHP 5, PHP 7)

stream_get_contentsReads remainder of a stream into a string


string stream_get_contents ( resource $handle [, int $maxlength = -1 [, int $offset = -1 ]] )

Identical to file_get_contents(), except that stream_get_contents() operates on an already open stream resource and returns the remaining contents in a string, up to maxlength bytes and starting at the specified offset.


handle (resource)

A stream resource (e.g. returned from fopen())

maxlength (integer)

The maximum bytes to read. Defaults to -1 (read all the remaining buffer).

offset (integer)

Seek to the specified offset before reading. If this number is negative, no seeking will occur and reading will start from the current position.

Return Values

Returns a string or FALSE on failure.


Version Description
5.1.0 The offset was added.


Example #1 stream_get_contents() example


if ($stream fopen('''r')) {
// print all the page starting at the offset 10
echo stream_get_contents($stream, -110);


if (
$stream fopen('''r')) {
// print the first 5 bytes
echo stream_get_contents($stream5);




Note: This function is binary-safe.

See Also

  • fgets() - Gets line from file pointer
  • fread() - Binary-safe file read
  • fpassthru() - Output all remaining data on a file pointer

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