Creating ZIP folder by using PHP

Hello Friends, How are you?
Today I am going to introduce the ZIP folder creating system by using PHP. Its a very easy system. My interface is just select the file which you want to make ZIP and click the download button. You can select more than 1 file. Lets see the code-

$error = “”; //error holder
$post = $_POST;
$file_folder = “files/”; // folder to load files
if(extension_loaded(‘zip’)){ // Checking ZIP extension is available
if(isset($post[‘files’]) and count($post[‘files’]) > 0){ // Checking files are selected
$zip = new ZipArchive(); // Load zip library
$zip_name = time().”.zip”; // Zip name
if($zip->open($zip_name, ZIPARCHIVE::CREATE)!==TRUE){ // Opening zip file to load files
$error .= “* Sorry ZIP creation failed at this time<br/>”;

foreach($post[‘files’] as $file){
$zip->addFile($file_folder.$file); // Adding files into zip
// push to download the zip
header(‘Content-type: application/zip’);
header(‘Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=”‘.$zip_name.'”‘);
// remove zip file is exists in temp path
$error .= “* Please select file to zip <br/>”;
$error .= “* You dont have ZIP extension<br/>”;

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang=”en”>
<meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”text/html; charset=utf-8″ />
<title>Download As Zip</title>
<center><h1>Create Zip</h1></center>
<form name=”zips” method=”post”>
<?php if(!empty($error)) { ?>
<p style=” border:#C10000 1px solid; background-color:#FFA8A8; color:#B00000;padding:8px; width:588px; margin:0 auto 10px;”><?php echo $error; ?></p>
<?php } ?>
<table width=”600″ border=”1″ align=”center” cellpadding=”10″ cellspacing=”0″ style=”border-collapse:collapse; border:#ccc 1px solid;”>
<td width=”33″ align=”center”>*</td>
<td width=”117″ align=”center”>File Type</td>
<td width=”382″>File Name</td>
<td align=”center”><input type=”checkbox” name=”files[]” value=”flowers.jpg” /></td>
<td align=”center”><img src=”files/image.png” title=”Image” width=”16″ height=”16″ /></td>
<td align=”center”><input type=”checkbox” name=”files[]” value=”fun.jpg” /></td>
<td align=”center”><img src=”files/image.png” title=”Image” width=”16″ height=”16″ /></td>
<td align=”center”><input type=”checkbox” name=”files[]” value=”9lessons.docx” /></td>
<td align=”center”><img src=”files/doc.png” title=”Document” width=”16″ height=”16″ /></td>
<td align=”center”><input type=”checkbox” name=”files[]” value=”9lessons.pdf” /></td>
<td align=”center”><img src=”files/pdf.png” title=”pdf” width=”16″ height=”16″ /></td>
<td colspan=”3″ align=”center”>
<input type=”submit” name=”createpdf” style=”border:0px; background-color:#800040; color:#FFF; padding:10px; cursor:pointer; font-weight:bold; border-radius:5px;” value=”Download as ZIP” />&nbsp;
<input type=”reset” name=”reset” style=”border:0px; background-color:#D3D3D3; color:#000; font-weight:bold; padding:10px; cursor:pointer; border-radius:5px;” value=”Reset” />

Ok, first of all, we make a file with normal check boxes. Then we start our php code at top of the file. In top of the code, once I use the  ZipArchive(); class. It’s a built in class in PHP. I just call this class into my file. Then we just check some logical syntax and finally I just push to download the ZIP folder when everything is ok.

Its a very easy way to learn to making ZIP folder by PHP. Thanks for reading.


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