How do I recursively delete a directory and its entire contents files as well as sub dirs in PHP

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How do I delete a directory and its entire contents files and subdirectories in PHP?
Aug 24, 2020 in PHP by kartik
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Hello @kartik,

The user-contributed section in the manual page of rmdir contains a decent implementation:

 function rrmdir($dir) { 
   if (is_dir($dir)) { 
     $objects = scandir($dir);
     foreach ($objects as $object) { 
       if ($object != "." && $object != "..") { 
         if (is_dir($dir. DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR .$object) && !is_link($dir."/".$object))
           rrmdir($dir. DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR .$object);
         else
           unlink($dir. DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR .$object); 
       } 
     }
     rmdir($dir); 
   } 
 }

Hope it helps!!

Thank You!!

answered Aug 24, 2020 by Niroj
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