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Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006


(PHP 3, PHP 4, PHP 5)

fgetc -- Gets character from file pointer


string fgetc ( resource handle )

Returns a string containing a single character read from the file pointed to by handle. Returns FALSE on EOF.

The file pointer must be valid, and must point to a file successfully opened by fopen() or fsockopen() (and not yet closed by fclose()).


This function may return Boolean FALSE, but may also return a non-Boolean value which evaluates to FALSE, such as 0 or "". Please read the section on Booleans for more information. Use the === operator for testing the return value of this function.

Example 1. A fgetc() example

$fp = fopen('somefile.txt', 'r');
if (!$fp) {
    echo 'Could not open file somefile.txt';
while (false !== ($char = fgetc($fp))) {
    echo "$char\n";

Note: This function is binary-safe.

See also fread(), fopen(), popen(), fsockopen(), and fgets().

Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006