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Visitor Counter

How to write a visitor counter in PHP.

$txt_file = "counter.txt";

if(file_exists($txt_file)) {
    $f = fopen( $txt_file, 'r+' );
    $count = fread($f, filesize($txt_file));
    fwrite($f, $count);
    ftruncate($f, ftell($f));
    fclose( $f );
} else {
    print "File Not Found";

$s = $count;
$line = sprintf("%s people have visited the site.", $s);
print $line;

$txt_file = "counter.txt";

This variable is the text file.

if ( file_exists($txt_file) )

If the file is found continue, or print an Error.

$f = fopen( $txt_file, 'r+' );

Open the text file so we can read out the count value.

$count = fread( $f, filesize( $txt_file ) );

Read the text file, and fill the $count variable with the result.

rewind( $f );

Move the pointer to the beginning of the file


Increment the $count value by "1".

fwrite( $f, $count );

Write the new number to the text file.

ftruncate( $f, ftell( $f ) );

Get rid of any extra space in the file that might exist from writing to it.

fclose( $f );

Close the text file, since we are finished with it.

	print "File Not Found";

If the file was not found print an error.

$s = $count;

Move the $count variable to a new variable "$s".

$line = sprintf("%s people have visited the site.", $s);

Create a string that will print to the user, displaying the new $count number.

print $line;

Last but not least, we print the line back to the user.

That is the end of the counter tutorial. Now you should have a better understanding on it.

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Comments: Visitor Counter

 Robert S.  Sat Feb 24, 2007 11:08 pm  
Thank you for the code. I will let you know how it goes.
 mkeefe  Sun Feb 25, 2007 12:16 am  
Glad you liked the tutorial, it is always nice to hear back from the readers.
 Cy  Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:16 am  
I have to say thank you here. I wanted a quick solution for a SIMPLE counter. And you provided it. Thank you so much. =)
 atari games  Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:15 am  
best good site. thanks
 Adnan  Sun May 20, 2007 4:08 pm  
yes really nice work. thanks buddy
 Pandian  Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:07 am  
In a high traffic site, Two or more file write process into file may collide and get lock with each other..

 Nemanja  Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:42 am  
How to show this counter in my flash site (action script 3), or how to create a counter with action script 3
 Wisata Seo Sadau  Fri Aug 7, 2009 4:03 am  
 MXM  Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:40 pm  
as many sayin thanks for the code, nice way for understading.

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