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Extract Data From CSV or Excel File in PHP

You can extract csv files easier  than excel(.xls) files using php. I think easier way to extract data from excel file is save file as csv ,then extract and use data according to your needs.

The following code demonstrates the extraction of csv file ‘test.csv‘ in the same directory. The php function fgetcsv($handle,$length,$separator) fetch the fields row by row, where $handle is the file resource, $length is the limiting characters of the fields and the $separator separates the fields,here “,” because of coma separated values (csv file).

if (($handle = fopen("test.csv", "r")) !== FALSE) {
while (($data = fgetcsv($handle, 1000, ",")) !== FALSE) { //fetch fields row by row from csv 
$num = count($data);                                      //number of fields in each row
for ($c=0; $c < $num; $c++) {
echo $data[$c] . "<br />\n";                              //prints each fields(data)

Now you can perform any operations on extracted data like db insertion, updation etc.

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