(PHP 4, PHP 5, PHP 7)
dir — Return an instance of the Directory class


Directory dir ( string $directory [, resource $context ] )
A pseudo-object oriented mechanism for reading a directory. The given directory is opened.


  • directory
    Directory to open

Note: Context support was added with PHP 5.0.0. For a description of contexts, refer to Streams.
Return Values

Returns an instance of Directory, or NULL with wrong parameters, or FALSE in case of another error.


Please note the fashion in which Directory::read()’s return value is checked in the example below. We are explicitly testing whether the return value is identical to (equal to and of the same type as – see Comparison Operators for more information) FALSE since otherwise, any directory entry whose name evaluates to FALSE will stop the loop.

The above example will output something similar to:


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