Utility classes for tasks related to the filesystem.

v0.2.0 2016-09-07 23:00 UTC


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Via Composer:

$ composer require kaloa/filesystem


The following PHP versions are supported:

  • PHP 5.3
  • PHP 5.4
  • PHP 5.5
  • PHP 5.6
  • PHP 7.0
  • PHP 7.1
  • HHVM




  • Provide an interface to read CSV data from streams into associative arrays.


Read all CSV rows from a stream into a numeric array. This is also a general usage example.

use Kaloa\Filesystem\CsvReader;

$stream = fopen(__DIR__ . '/file.csv', 'rb');

$csvReader = new CsvReader($stream);
$data = $csvReader->fetchAll();


Read all CSV rows from a stream into an associative array. The first row from the input will be used as keys.

$data = $csvReader->fetchAllAssoc();

If the file doesn't contain a row with keys, keys can be provided manually. The first row will be seen as regular data.

$data = $csvReader->fetchAllAssoc(array('id', 'title', 'date_added'));

There’s also a streaming mode available.

while ($row = $csvReader->fetch()) {
    // ...

Streaming works with associative arrays, too. Here, the first call to fetchAssoc will transparently read the first two rows from the input to read both the keys and the first data row.

while ($row = $csvReader->fetchAssoc()) {
    // ...


while ($row = $csvReader->fetchAssoc(array('id', 'title', 'date_added'))) {
    // ...

The reader class is intended to always return UTF-8 data. Differing CSV input encodings will be converted automatically if the input encoding is specified in the constructor.

$csvReader = new CsvReader($iso88591Stream, 'ISO-8859-1');

There’s also support for non-standard delimiter, enclosure and escape characters.

$csvReader = new CsvReader($stream, 'UTF-8', ':', '|', '%');

Further notes

  • The fetch and fetchAll methods accept rows with varying numbers of fields in the same stream. The fetchAssoc and fetchAllAssoc methods will throw an exception if the number of fields in a row differs from the number of keys.
  • It is not possible to change the names of the keys while iterating over input data with fetchAssoc. The reader always uses the keys from the first call to fetchAssoc.
  • Calls to different fetch* methods must not be mixed. Currently, the code doesn’t prevent this, but it’s very likely that such functionality will be added in a future release.


For usage with the reader, PHP strings can be converted to streams using the data protocol.

$csvString = <<<'CSV'
"Col a","Col b"
"value 1a","value 1b"
"value 2a","value 2b"

$dataUri = 'data://text/plain;base64,' . base64_encode($csvString);

$stream = fopen($dataUri, 'rb');

$reader = new CsvReader($stream);



  • realpath for non-existing files” is the general idea.
  • Resolve relative components (. and ..) of “virtual” filesystem paths which don’t point to existing files or directories.
  • Generate a normalized representation for such paths.
  • The code has to be able to work with both absolute and relative paths on multiple systems.
  • It has to be able to deal with absolute paths on Windows. (A path like c:\foo is to be considered absolute on Windows but relative on Linux. c:\foo is a valid filename on Linux.)


use Kaloa\Filesystem\PathHelper;

$pathHelper = new PathHelper();

$pathHelper->normalize('./dir1/dir2/dir3/dir4/../../../'); // "dir1"


(Tools are not included in this package.)

$ phpunit

Further quality assurance:

$ phpcs --standard=PSR2 ./src
$ phpmd ./src text codesize,design,naming



The package is published under the MIT License. See LICENSE for full license info.