The code presented in this page can be used to save / copy images on server from external URL address.

- Important: If you work on Linux system, PHP must have CHMOD write permisions in the directory in which the image file will be saved.
// function to get content from a URL address, with cURL
// returns the content of the page with the address pased to $url parameter
function getContentUrl($url) {
  // Seting options for cURL
  $ch = curl_init($url);
  curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
  curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_BINARYTRANSFER,1);
  curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, 'Mozilla/21.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.01; Windows NT 5.0)');
  curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 200);
  curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_AUTOREFERER, false);
  curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_REFERER, '');
  curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, 0);
  curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, TRUE);    // Follows redirect responses

  // gets the file content, trigger error if false
  $file = curl_exec($ch);
  if($file === false) trigger_error(curl_error($ch));

  curl_close ($ch);
  return $file;

$src = '';       // Image address
$dirimg = 'imgs/';            // directory in which the image will be saved
$localfile = $dirimg. basename($src);         // set image name the same as the file name of the source

// create the file with the image on the server
file_put_contents($localfile, getContentUrl($src));

// Test, show the saved image
echo '<img src="'. $localfile .'" />';
If the image file already exists on server, in the directory from $dirimg, the file will be replaced with the new image.
If you want to not replace the old file, but to save the image with another name, replace this line:
file_put_contents($localfile, getContentUrl($src));
With this code:
// receives the file address, passed by refference
function setLocalfile(&$localfile) {
  GLOBAL $dirimg;
  $imgnm = basename($localfile);      // gets the file name
  preg_match('/^[0-9]*/i', $imgnm, $nrimg);      // gets the number from beginning of file name
  if($nrimg[0] === '') $imgnm = '0_'. $imgnm;   // if no number, sets 0
  else $imgnm = str_replace($nrimg[0], $nrimg[0] + 1, $imgnm);       // replace the number with next one
  $localfile = $dirimg. $imgnm;        // sets the new name, passed by refference to $localfile
  if(file_exists($dirimg. $imgnm)) setLocalfile($localfile);        // calls the function to set another name

// if the file exists in $dirimg, calls setLocalfile() to set a new file name
if(file_exists($localfile)) setLocalfile($localfile);

// create the file with the image on the server
file_put_contents($localfile, getContentUrl($src));
- This code, the setLocalfile() function sets a new name with a consecutive number at the beginning of the file name (image.png, 0_image.png, 1_image.png, ...).

- The getContentUrl() can also be used to get the page content of an URL address.

Daily Test with Code Example

Which tag is used to add lists into <ul> and <ol> elements?
<dt> <dd> <li>
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"></div></body>';
$dochtml = new DOMDocument();
$elm = $dochtml->getElementById("dv1");
echo $elm->nodeValue;    //
Save image on server from external URL

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