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I have a form that allow users to upload files, I however need to get the file extension, which I am able to get, but not sure if I'm using the most effective solution

I can get it using the following ways

$fileInfo = pathinfo($_FILES['File']['name']);
echo $fileInfo['extension'];

$ext = end(explode('.',$_FILES['File']['name']));
echo $ext;

Which method is the best to use or are there even better solutions that would get the extension?



pathinfo($_FILES['File']['name'], PATHINFO_EXTENSION)

  • Use a built-in function whenever possible (what @Sarfraz said in the meantime), and
  • Extract only the needed information (options = PATHINFO_EXTENSION)
Sunday, October 9, 2022

Here's what worked best for me when trying to script this (in case anyone else comes across this like I did):

$ pecl -d php_suffix=5.6 install <package>
$ pecl uninstall -r <package>

$ pecl -d php_suffix=7.0 install <package>
$ pecl uninstall -r <package>

$ pecl -d php_suffix=7.1 install <package>
$ pecl uninstall -r <package>

The -d php_suffix=<version> piece allows you to set config values at run time vs pre-setting them with pecl config-set. The uninstall -r bit does not actually uninstall it (from the docs):

vagrant@homestead:~$ pecl help uninstall
pecl uninstall [options] [channel/]<package> ...
Uninstalls one or more PEAR packages.  More than one package may be
specified at once.  Prefix with channel name to uninstall from a
channel not in your default channel (

  -r, --register-only
        do not remove files, only register the packages as not installed

The uninstall line is necessary otherwise installing it will remove any previously installed version, even if it was for a different PHP version (ex: Installing an extension for PHP 7.0 would remove the 5.6 version if the package was still registered as installed).

Monday, December 12, 2022
$x = $x - floor($x)
Friday, October 7, 2022

You could also use the clean() method from the form, which is used to validate it. Thus, you can reject files that are not mp3. Something like this:

class UploadSong(forms.Form):

    def clean(self):
        cleaned_data = super(UploadSong, self).clean()
        file = cleaned_data.get('file')

        if file:
            filename =
            print filename
            if filename.endswith('.mp3'):
                print 'File is a mp3'
                print 'File is NOT a mp3'
                raise forms.ValidationError("File is not a mp3. Please upload only mp3 files")

        return file
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Never used any of those, but they look interesting..

Take a look at Gearman as well.. more overhead in systems like these but you get other cool stuff :) Guess it depends on your needs ..

Friday, November 11, 2022
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