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stream_get_contentsTransfiere el resto de un flujo a una cadena


stream_get_contents ( resource $handle [, int $maxlength = -1 [, int $offset = -1 ]] ) : string

Idéntica a file_get_contents(), excepto que stream_get_contents() opera sobre un recurso de flujo ya abierto y devuelve el resto del contenido en una cadena, hasta maxlength bytes y comenzando por el offset especificado.


handle (resource)

Un recurso de flujo (p.ej. devuelto desde fopen())

maxlength (integer)

El máximo de bytes a leer. Por defecto es -1 (lee todo el buffer restante).

offset (integer)

Busca el índice especificado antes de leer. Si este número es negativo, no se hará ninguna búsqueda y la lectura comenzará desde la posición actual.

Valores devueltos

Devuelve una cadena o FALSE en caso de error.

Historial de cambios

Versión Descripción
5.1.0 Se añadió el parámetro offset.


Ejemplo #1 Ejemplo de stream_get_contents()


if ($stream fopen('http://www.example.com''r')) {
// imprimir toda la página empezando por el índice 10
echo stream_get_contents($stream, -110);


if (
$stream fopen('http://www.example.net''r')) {
// imprimir los 5 primeros bytes
echo stream_get_contents($stream5);




Nota: Esta función es segura binariamente.

Ver también

  • fgets() - Obtiene una línea desde el puntero a un fichero
  • fread() - Lectura de un fichero en modo binario seguro
  • fpassthru() - Escribe toda la información restante de un puntero a un archivo

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User Contributed Notes 7 notes

vasiliy at hotger dot com
7 years ago
It is important to know that stream_get_contents behaves differently with different versions of PHP. Consider the following


= fopen('file', 'w+'); // truncate + attempt to create
fwrite($handle, '12345'); // file position > 0
rewind($handle); // position = 0
$content = stream_get_contents($handle); // file position = 0 in PHP 5.1.6, file position > 0 in PHP 5.2.17!
fwrite($handle, '6789');

* 'file' content
* PHP 5.1.6:
* 67895
* PHP 5.2.17:
* 123456789

As a result, stream_get_contents() affects file position in 5.1, and do not affect file position in 5.2 or better.
clarck dot smith at gmail dot com
7 years ago
In that case when stream_get_contents/fread/fgets or other stream reading functions block indefinitely your script because they don't reached the limit of bytes to read use the socket_get_meta_data function to figure out the number of the bytes to read. It returns an array that contains a key named 'unread_bytes' and then pass that number to your favourite stream reading functions second parameter to read from the stream.

Maybe a good workaround to use the stream_select function, and set the socket to non-blocking mode with the use of stream_set_blocking($stream, 0). In this case the socket reading functions work properly.

Cheers, Ervin
m rahman
8 years ago
When omitting the parameter $maxlength, any received bytes are stacked up until the underlying stream is not readable anymore, the the function returns that stack in one piece.
Mike Shiyan
3 years ago
stream_get_contents() can be used instead of fread() even with local files.
divinity76+nospam at gmail dot com
3 years ago
* problem: stream_get_contents blocks / is very slow.
* I have tried
* 1: stream_set_blocking, doesn't make a difference.
* 2: stream_get_meta_data['unread_bytes'] = ITS BUGGED, ALWAYS SAYS 0.
* 4: my_stream_get_contents hack... kinda working! :D
function my_stream_get_contents ($handle, $timeout_seconds = 0.5)
    $ret = "";
    // feof ALSO BLOCKS:
    // while(!feof($handle)){$ret.=stream_get_contents($handle,1);}
    while (true) {
        $starttime = microtime(true);
        $new = stream_get_contents($handle, 1);
        $endtime = microtime(true);
        if (is_string($new) && strlen($new) >= 1) {
            $ret .= $new;
        $time_used = $endtime - $starttime;
        // var_dump('time_used:',$time_used);
        if (($time_used >= $timeout_seconds) || ! is_string($new) ||
                 (is_string($new) && strlen($new) < 1)) {
    return $ret;
8 years ago
It seems that using fiddler as a proxy in the stream context options causes this function to throw a warning:

Warning: stream_get_contents() [function.stream-get-contents]: SSL: An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host.
finalmau at gmail dot com
11 years ago
some times this functions cause an max execution time time error, Why?

Simple, if you use it the function wait for have the specified byte  length into the resource or the end of file, but, several times this not happend, so we need implement an artificial flag like this:

$tmp = stream_get_contents($this->socket, 42);
while($tmp[42] != 'N'){

//Your code...

$tmp = stream_get_contents($this->socket, 42);
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