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stat — Gives information about a file


array stat ( string $filename )

Gathers the statistics of the file named by filename . If filename is a symbolic link, statistics are from the file itself, not the symlink.

lstat() is identical to stat() except it would instead be based off the symlinks status.



Path to the file.

Return Values

stat() and fstat() result format
Numeric Associative (since PHP 4.0.6) Description
0 dev device number
1 ino inode number
2 mode inode protection mode
3 nlink number of links
4 uid userid of owner
5 gid groupid of owner
6 rdev device type, if inode device *
7 size size in bytes
8 atime time of last access (Unix timestamp)
9 mtime time of last modification (Unix timestamp)
10 ctime time of last inode change (Unix timestamp)
11 blksize blocksize of filesystem IO *
12 blocks number of blocks allocated *
* Only valid on systems supporting the st_blksize type - other systems (e.g. Windows) return -1.

In case of error, stat() returns FALSE.


Upon failure, an E_WARNING is emitted.


Version Description
4.0.6 In addition to returning these attributes in a numeric array, they can be accessed with associative indices, as noted next to each parameter


Note: The results of this function are cached. See clearstatcache() for more details.


As of PHP 5.0.0 this function can also be used with some URL wrappers. Refer to List of Supported Protocols/Wrappers for a listing of which wrappers support stat() family of functionality.