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PHP | is_uploaded_file( ) Function

  • Last Updated : 08 Jun, 2018

The is_uploaded_file() function in PHP is an inbuilt function which is used to check whether the specified file uploaded via HTTP POST or not. The name of the file is sent as a parameter to the is_uploaded_file() function and it returns True if the file is uploaded via HTTP POST. This function can be used to ensure that a malicious user hasn’t tried to trick the script into working on files upon which it should not be working.


bool is_uploaded_file($file)

Parameters Used: This function accepts single parameter $file.

  • $file: It is a mandatory parameter which specifies the file.

Return Value: It returns True if the $file uploaded via HTTP POST. It returns true on success or false in failure. For proper working, the function is_uploaded_file() needs an argument like $_FILES[‘userfile’][‘tmp_name’], – the name of the uploaded file on the clients machine $_FILES[‘userfile’][‘name’] does not work.


  • An E_WARNING is emitted on failure.
  • The result of this function are cached and therefore the clearstatcache() function is used to clear the cache.
  • is_uploaded_file() function returns false for non-existent files.

Below programs illustrate the is_uploaded_file() function.

Program 1:

// PHP program to illustrate is_uploaded_file() function.
$myfile = "gfg.txt";
// checking whether the file is uploaded via HTTP POST
if (is_uploaded_file($file))
    echo ("$file is uploaded via HTTP POST");
    echo ("$file is not uploaded via HTTP POST");


gfg.txt is not uploaded via HTTP POST

Program 2:

// checking whether the file is uploaded via HTTP POST
if (is_uploaded_file($_FILES['userfile']['gfg.txt'])) 
    echo "File ". $_FILES['userfile']['gfg.txt'] .
                      " uploaded successfully.\n";
    // displaying contents of the uploaded file
    echo "Contents of the file are :\n";
    echo "File ". $_FILES['userfile']['gfg.txt'] .
                  " not uploaded successfully.\n";


File gfg.txt uploaded successfully.
Contents of the file are :
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