Posted by: prajapatinilesh | May 8, 2009

Process the uploaded file in php instead of storing it into physical location

We are using   move_uploaded_file($_FILES[‘myFile’][‘tmp_name’], ‘/upload_files/myFile.txt’);   function in php to upload files into physical location (destination directory).
But in case if you want to process that uploaded file instead of storing it into destination directory then we can use other php function for file handling.
For example:

if (is_uploaded_file($_FILES[‘myFile’][‘tmp_name’]))
$fileData = file_get_contents($_FILES[‘myFile’][‘tmp_name’]);

$fileData = str_replace(“A”, “B”, $fileData);

if file size is large then better to use following way: means use of diff file handling functions of php such as fopen(), feof(), fclose(), etc.

if (is_uploaded_file($_FILES[‘myFile’][‘tmp_name’])) {
$filePointer = fopen($_FILES[‘myFile’][‘tmp_name’], “rb”);

if ($filePointer!=false){
while (!feof($filePointer)){
$fileData = fread($filePointer, 4096);
// Process the contents of the uploaded file here… and also we can make insert query to store into db


Working Example:

if ($_FILES) {
echo “<pre>”;
echo “</pre>”;

$fileContent = file_get_contents($_FILES[‘upload’][‘tmp_name’]);
echo “<pre>”;
echo “</pre>”;
//now you can process your content here…

<form enctype=”multipart/form-data” method=”POST”>
<input type=”file” name=”upload”>
<button type=”submit”>Enter</button>
Thanks,   Nilesh.



  1. hello Nileshbhai,

    I want upload file using ajax & dont want to refresh page (PHP) ,
    actually I had used popup (ajax- like lightbox) & from there I want to upload file & want to print data whatever in that file in one text area which is on the same page which displayed after close of ajax-pop-up & that popup closed after file read or uploaded file whatever .
    so can you help me??????

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