How to Create Compressed Zip Files Archive

Compressed ZIP Arc File Creation in PHP Programming

The ZIP file format is a data compression and archive format which contains one or more files that have been compressed, to reduce file size, or stored as is. The ZIP file format permits a number of compression algorithms and used by many programs, usually under a different name. ZIP files generally use the file extensions .zip and the MIME media type application/zip. The Zip file can be created in web application development by using this following php code. This code can compress several files into a single compressed ZIP file

Code to Create ZIP File Archive

/* creates a compressed zip file */
function create_zip($files = array(),$destination = '',$overwrite = false) {
//if the zip file already exists and overwrite is false, return false
if(file_exists($destination) && !$overwrite) { return false; }
$valid_files = array();
//if files were passed in...
if(is_array($files)) {
//cycle through each file
foreach($files as $file) {
//make sure the file exists
if(file_exists($file)) {
$valid_files[] = $file;
//if we have good files...
if(count($valid_files)) {
//create the archive
$zip = new ZipArchive();
if($zip->open($destination,$overwrite ? ZIPARCHIVE::OVERWRITE : ZIPARCHIVE::CREATE) !== true) {
return false;
//add the files
foreach($valid_files as $file) {
//echo 'The zip archive contains ',$zip->numFiles,' files with a status of ',$zip->status;

//close the zip -- done!

//check to make sure the file exists
return file_exists($destination);
return false;
/***** Example Usage ***/
$files=array('file1.jpg', 'file2.jpg', 'file3.gif');
create_zip($files, '', true);

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