PHP – How to check if a URL exists or NOT? – Three Simple Solutions

I will present three relatively simple solutions, it is up to everyone to choose the solution they like best.

1’st php function using fopen (the simplest way):

function test_url($url) {
  $res = (($ftest = @fopen($url, 'r')) === false) ? false : @fclose($ftest);
  return ($res == TRUE);

2’nd php function, using fsockopen (not so simple) !

function test_url_2($url) {
  $path = $addr['path'];

  $headtxt = ";

  if($sock=fsockopen($host,80, $errno, $errstr, 3)) {
    fputs($sock, "HEAD $path HTTP/1.0\r\nHost: $host\r\n\r\n");
      $headtxt .= fgets($sock);

  $pos1 = stripos($headtxt, "200 OK");
  return ($pos1 === false) ;

and 3’rd solutin using php CURL functions:

function test_url_3($url) {   
  $ch = curl_init();
  curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
  curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_NOBODY, true);
  $response_code = (int)curl_getinfo($ch, CURLINFO_HTTP_CODE); 
  return ($response_code ==  200);

All function return TRUE  if URL exists and FALSE if not !

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