Posted By: Anonymous
How would I make my server run a php script by triggering it manually using php? Basically I have a pretty big cronjob file that is ran every 2 hours, but I want to be able to trigger the file manually myself without having to wait for it to load (i want it to be done on the server’s side).
EDIT: I want to execute the file from a php file… Not command line.
You can invoke a PHP script manually from the command line
hello.php <?php echo 'hello world!'; ?> Command line: php hello.php Output: hello world!
See the documentation: http://php.net/manual/en/features.commandline.php
EDIT OP edited the question to add a critical detail: the script is to be executed by another script.
There are a couple of approaches. First and easiest, you could simply include the file. When you include a file, the code within is “executed” (actually, interpreted). Any code that is not within a function or class body will be processed immediately. Take a look at the documentation for
include (docs) and/or
require (docs) (note:
require_once are related, but different in an important way. Check out the documents to understand the difference) Your code would look like this:
include('hello.php'); /* output hello world! */
Second and slightly more complex is to use
shell_exec (docs). With
shell_exec, you will call the php binary and pass the desired script as the argument. Your code would look like this:
$output = shell_exec('php hello.php'); echo "<pre>$output</pre>"; /* output hello world! */
Finally, and most complex, you could use the CURL library to call the file as though it were requested via a browser. Check out the CURL library documentation here: http://us2.php.net/manual/en/ref.curl.php
$ch = curl_init(); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, "http://www.myDomain.com/hello.php"); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, 0); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true) $output = curl_exec($ch); curl_close($ch); echo "<pre>$output</pre>"; /* output hello world! */
Documentation for functions used
- Command line: http://php.net/manual/en/features.commandline.php