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How to find the full path to a file using PHP

In this tutorial, we are going to show you how you can find the full path to a file using PHP.

Sometimes you need to know the full path to a file or directory, for example, if you want to setup .htaccess authentication, you need to enter the full path to the .htpasswd file. If you dont know the full path and PHP is installed on the server, we will show you how you can find this information.

Below is a small PHP script that prints the full path to the directory it is placed in. Copy the code and paste it into a file called test.php for example. You can then upload this file to the directory where you want to place the .htpasswd.

$dir = dirname(__FILE__);
echo "<p>Full path to this dir: " . $dir . "</p>";
echo "<p>Full path to a .htpasswd file in this dir: " . $dir . "/.htpasswd" . "</p>";

Once added point your browser to your file, i.e; http://www.your-domain.com/path/to/test.php

And that’s it! We hope this short tutorial has helped you.


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Posted by: Nathan da Silva

Nathan is the Founder of Silva Web Designs. He is passionate about web development, website design and basically anything digital-related. His main expertise is with WordPress and various other CMS frameworks. If you need responsive design, SEO, speed optimisation or anything else in the world of digital, you can contact Silva Web Designs here; [email protected]

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