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form to text file with php

 2:13 am on Aug 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have very little php experience. I have looked extensively on the web for a simple php script that will take form results and put them in a text file. But I can't find one that isn't extrenely complicated. Does anyone have a suggestion. I don't need to email anything or check if someone filled out a form right. In fact, I don't want those two features. I just gather the script to take the results when someone submits a form, and put in a .csv or .txt file.

Sounds simple enough, but I haven't found much out there.



 2:27 am on Aug 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

If it hasn't previously been offered

Welcome to WebmasterWorld astounded,

What you are asking is simple enough.

You have a file on the site somewhere and you open it with fopen() [php.net], you then put your comma delimited string together and then use fwrite() [php.net] to put the new line in the file and then fclose() [php.net] the file.

something like this

$writestring = "\"" . $name . "\",\"" . $email . "\"\r\n"; //double quotes around values escaped and return and newline chars at end
$filepointer = fopen("/dir/file.csv","a"); //appends to end of file


 2:55 am on Aug 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

thanks jtar,

Can I stick this script snippet in a formmail script I am already using. I am using Jack's formmail for a simple email subscription list. But the form I want your snippet for has about 30 questions on it. Can I just stick this in Jack's formmail script and then point the form to it? If so, do I use your entire snippet or just part of it?


 3:20 am on Aug 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

you can't actually stick it straight in, it needs to be customized to your script. I will try to explain a little more in depth, you will have to put it together yourself.

$writestring = "\"" . $name . "\",\"" . $email . "\"\r\n";

This line takes every variable submitted by your form and then puts it together in one long string with quotes around every value and a comma in between. It the adds a return (\r) and a newline character (\n). You will have to take all of the variables that are submitted with your form and add them to the string.

$filepointer = fopen("/dir/file.csv","a");

This creates a filepointer to a file which you will have to put somewhere and then put the real path to the file in instead of /dir/file.csv. The "a" denotes that the file is opened for append with the file pointer already set to the end of the file.


This takes the string that we constructed with all of the variables from the form and writes it to the end of the file.


We then close the file. You can add this straight into the script but you will have to make the adjustments that I mentioned. Otherwise it will not work.

The links in my first post go to php.net. It is a great php language reference. You may have to familiarize yourself with some basics to add this to the formmail script.


 3:53 am on Aug 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

I found an old script that does exactly what you want. It does a few variables to see if they are empty as well. I removed a massive portion of it, since I didn't want to confuse you too badly.

$info = "";
$info .= "\"$homeowner\",";
$info .= "\"$name\",";
$info .= "\"$soc1\",";
if (!empty($cobwrfull))
$info .= "\"$cobwrfull\",";
$info .= "\"$soc2\",";
} else {
$info .= "\"\",\"\",";
if (!empty($pmtreq))
$info .= "\"$pmtreq\",";
} else {
$info .= "\"\",";
$info .= "\"$company\",";
$info .= "\"$yrsempbwr\",";
$info .= "\"$cashout\",";
$info .= "\"$Calltime\",";
$info .= "\"$newNP\"";
$info .= "\r\n";

$responseList = "$DOCUMENT_ROOT/formfiles/response.dlm";
$filePointer = fopen($responseList,'a');
fwrite($filePointer, $info);


 4:52 am on Aug 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

thanks much, I'll start learning


 5:46 am on Aug 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

Anytime you need a little help you know where to find us. ;)

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