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ftp_delete

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ftp_deleteDeletes a file on the FTP server

Description

ftp_delete(FTP\Connection $ftp, string $filename): bool

ftp_delete() deletes the file specified by filename from the FTP server.

Parameters

ftp

An FTP\Connection instance.

filename

The file to delete.

Return Values

Returns true on success or false on failure.

Changelog

Version Description
8.1.0 The ftp parameter expects an FTP\Connection instance now; previously, a resource was expected.

Examples

Example #1 ftp_delete() example

<?php
$file 
'public_html/old.txt';

// set up basic connection
$ftp ftp_connect($ftp_server);

// login with username and password
$login_result ftp_login($ftp$ftp_user_name$ftp_user_pass);

// try to delete $file
if (ftp_delete($ftp$file)) {
 echo 
"$file deleted successful\n";
} else {
 echo 
"could not delete $file\n";
}

// close the connection
ftp_close($ftp);
?>

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engrumair_sabir at yahoo dot com
7 years ago
if you want to upload the file on server and thn do delete it.. this script works well

<?php
// connect and login data
$web = '111.111.111.111';
$user = '123abc';
$pass = 'abc123';
// file location
$server_file = '/public_html/upload/test.csv';
$local_file = 'test.csv';
//connect
$conn_id = ftp_connect($web);
$login_result = ftp_login($conn_id,$user,$pass);
//uploading
if (ftp_put($conn_id, $server_file, $local_file, FTP_BINARY))
{echo
"Success \n";}
else {echo
"Failed";}

// try to delete $file
if (ftp_delete($conn_id, $server_file)) {
echo
"$server_file deleted successful\n";
} else {
echo
"could not delete $server_file\n";
}

// close the connection
ftp_close($conn_id);
?>
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webmaster at iamsowonderful dot com
16 years ago
You can make a script delete itself with ftp_delete!

It's pretty useful when creating an install script which you want to destroy at the end of the installation to prevent it from being run later.

On Linux machines, very often the user uploads third party scripts, and gets asked to CHMOD this and delete that manually because the webserver user is different from the FTP user ; make them enter their FTP info and get rid of the tedious file manipulation step!

Be careful, though. You will need to flush the output buffer and call ftp_delete at the end of the script, or else the script will die before it fully executes. Look up ob_end_flush for more info.
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kanhaiya4it at gmail dot com
7 years ago
This works perfectly!

<?php
$file
= 'public_html/plentyport.com/jobs/employee/resumes/4216:54:38Resume (1).docx';
$ftp_server="your server address";
// set up basic connection
$conn_id = ftp_connect($ftp_server);
$ftp_user_name="your user server name";
$ftp_user_pass="your server password";
// login with username and password
$login_result = ftp_login($conn_id, $ftp_user_name, $ftp_user_pass);

// try to delete $file
if (ftp_delete($conn_id, $file)) {
echo
"$file deleted successful\n";
} else {
echo
"could not delete $file\n";
}

// close the connection
ftp_close($conn_id);
?>
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Jim Greene
8 years ago
Generally speaking, unlink will work just fine for most applications, however, if you are using multiple servers, you're going to have to connect to the other server using FTP.
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