How can I use PHP to check if a directory is empty

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I am using the following script to read a directory. If there is no file in the directory it should say empty. The problem is, it just keeps saying the directory is empty even though there ARE files inside and vice versa.

<?php
$pid = $_GET["prodref"];
$dir = '/assets/'.$pid.'/v';
$q   = (count(glob("$dir/*")) === 0) ? 'Empty' : 'Not empty';
    
if ($q=="Empty") 
    echo "the folder is empty"; 
else
    echo "the folder is NOT empty";
?>
Nov 10, 2020 in PHP by kartik
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1 answer to this question.

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Hello @kartik,

It seems that you need scandir instead of glob, as glob can't see unix hidden files.

<?php
$pid = basename($_GET["prodref"]); //let's sanitize it a bit
$dir = "/assets/$pid/v";

if (is_dir_empty($dir)) {
  echo "the folder is empty"; 
}else{
  echo "the folder is NOT empty";
}

function is_dir_empty($dir) {
  if (!is_readable($dir)) return NULL; 
  return (count(scandir($dir)) == 2);
}
?>

Hope it works!!
Thank You!!

answered Nov 10, 2020 by Niroj
• 82,680 points

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