Reading file list from a mapped Windows network drive

Posted by Stanislav Furman  on March 25, 2013

Last week I ran into a situation when I had to read directory file list from a mapped Windows network drive. At your very first look it may seem pretty simple. It is! However, there is a little trick - Windows may require your network/domain credentials, and then standard PHP functions such as opendir() won't be able to access the directory. Fortunately, the solution is pretty simple:

$path = '\\networkdrive\somepath\your_directory';

$user = "username";
$pass = "password";
$drive_letter = "Q";

system("net use ".$drive_letter.": \"".$path."\" ".$pass." /user:".$user." /persistent:no>nul 2>&1");
$location = $drive_letter.":/somepath/your_directory";

if ($handle = opendir($location)) {
    while (false !== ($entry = readdir($handle))) {
	echo "$entry";

Update: If you run the script on Windows localhost, you will need to run your localhost Apache as administrator. If this doesn't work, try to restart Apache service from Windows Administrator tools. 

Update 2: File search and wildcards in PHP.


david says:
March 7, 2014 at 04:05 pm
Please correct this code... (1) $letter is not defined (2) $handle is not defined
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Stan says:
March 29, 2014 at 02:09 pm
Thanks, David!
I've updated the code.
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Steve says:
November 2, 2015 at 11:58 am
Worked perfectly! Been searching for an answer for this, thanks a ton!
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Abdelrahman says:
February 9, 2016 at 08:04 am
Kindly give an example
what you mean by somepath , your_directory and drive_letter
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dhinakar says:
September 17, 2016 at 03:12 am
How to connect other network drive? give me a example
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