Simple PHP function that can be used to create ZIP file archive with PHP. The function receives two parameters: an array with the path-name of the files to add in archive, and a string with the path-name of the Zip file that will be created.

- Important: If you work on Linux system, PHP must have CHMOD write permisions in the directory in which the ZIP file /archive will be created.
<?php
// function to create ZIP archive. Returns TRUE on success, otherwise, False
// receives 2 arguments: an array with the path-name of the files to add in archive,
// and the path-name of the Zip file that will be created
function createZip($files, $zip_file) {
  // PHP-MySQL Course - http://coursesweb.net/php-mysql/
  // create an object of the ZipArchive class
  $zip = new ZipArchive;

  // if the $zip_file can be created, traverse the array $files and add each file in archive
  if($zip->open($zip_file, ZipArchive::CREATE) === TRUE) {
    foreach($files as $file){
      $zip->addFile($file);
    }
    $zip->close();
    return true;
  }
  else return false;
}

  /* Example */

// Array with the path-name of the files to be added in ZIP archive
$files = array('file1.txt', 'image.jpg', 'audio.mp3');

// the path-name of your final zip file on your server
$zip_file = 'final.zip';

// calls the createZip() to create the ZIP archive, returns message of success or failure
if(createZip($files, $zip_file)) echo 'The '. $zip_file. ' successfully created';
else echo 'Unable to create the '. $zip_file. ' file';
?>
If the $zip_file already exists on server, the files will be added in the in that archive, keeping also the existing files in ZIP.
- To overwrite the ZIP archive, replace CREATE with OVERWRITE .

• If you want the ZIP archive to be downloaded after it was created, use this code:
// here the code that adds the files in ZIP archive

header('Content-type: application/zip');
header('Content-disposition: filename="'. $zip_file. '"');
header('Content-length:'. filesize($zip_file));
readfile($zip_file);
exit();

Daily Test with Code Example

HTML
CSS
JavaScript
PHP-MySQL
Which tag is used to add lists into <ul> and <ol> elements?
<dt> <dd> <li>
<ul>
 <li>http://coursesweb.net/html/</li>
 <li>http://coursesweb.net/css/</li>
</ul>
Which value of the "display" property creates a block box for the content and ads a bullet marker?
block list-item inline-block
.some_class {
  display: list-item;
}
Which instruction converts a JavaScript object into a JSON string.
JSON.parse() JSON.stringify eval()
var obj = {
 "courses": ["php", "javascript", "ajax"]
};
var jsonstr = JSON.stringify(obj);
alert(jsonstr);    // {"courses":["php","javascript","ajax"]}
Indicate the PHP class used to work with HTML and XML content in PHP.
stdClass PDO DOMDocument
$strhtml = '<body><div id="dv1">CoursesWeb.net</div></body>';
$dochtml = new DOMDocument();
$dochtml->loadHTML($strhtml);
$elm = $dochtml->getElementById("dv1");
echo $elm->nodeValue;    // CoursesWeb.net
Create ZIP file archive with PHP

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