Fetching remote web pages with curl and PHP
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Heads up! This post was written in 2008, so it may contain information that is no longer accurate. I keep posts like this around for historical purposes and to prevent link rot, so please keep this in mind as you're reading.
This is a very brief example of how to use PHP's curl Library to retrieve the source of a remote webpage.
$c = curl_init(); curl_setopt($c, CURLOPT_URL, "http://example.com/"); curl_setopt($c, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1); $data = curl_exec($c); curl_close($c);
CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER is a predefined constant that tells curl to return the output to a variable instead of displaying it in the browser. Visit the PHP Manual for a list of all CURL predefined constants and their uses.
The source of the remote file will be stored as a string in