A class for creating CSV files, allowing you to set a custom end-of-line character

v1.0.0 2015-11-19 13:55 UTC


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This class provides the flexibility of creating CSV files in PHP with a custom end-of-line character.

PHP's fputcsv function allows you to specify a field delimiter, but strangely doesn't let you set the EOL character - which, when it insists on \n, isn't always helpful when the files are destined for people to view/edit on a Windows based systems.


To install via Composer:

composer require chrismou/php-eol-csv


Instantiate the class:

$csv = new \Chrismou\PhpEolCsv\Csv;

Open a CSV file for editing:

$csv->open($fileName, $savePath, $eol, $fileExtension, $delimiter, $enclosure);
  • $fileName (required) - the filename to use. Don't include the file extension, this can be set seperately.
  • $savePath - The path to save the file. Leaving this blank will save directly to the output buffer for a direct download.
  • $eol - The EOL character/string to use. Defaults to \n.
  • $fileExtension - The file extension to use. Defaults to csv.
  • $delimiter - The character/string to use as a separator between fields. Defaults to ,.
  • enclosure - The character to use to enclose multi-word strings, or strings that include the delimiter character. Defaults to ".

Write a row to the CSV:

$csv->write(array("Field1", "Field2", "Field3"));

Finish editing and close the file:


Supported versions

PHP 5.3 upwards, including HHVM.


To run the unit test suite:

curl -s | php
php composer.phar install

A DUnit config file is also included, allowing you to easily run tests on all supported PHP versions.

First, you need to have docker installed. This is fairly simple on Linux - on OSX and Windows, take a look at docker machine.

Assuming you have composer setup (see above), run the tests with the following command:



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