EasyXLS

How to import data from Excel to List in PHP

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to import Excel files with PHP on Windows, Linux, Mac or other operating systems. The integration vary depending on the operating system or if .NET Framework or Java is chosen:

EasyXLS on Windows using .NET Framework (COM+) with PHP

If you opt for the COM+ version of EasyXLS, be sure that you have EasyXLS installed and registered on your machine.

Step 1: Download and install EasyXLS Excel Library for .NET/COM+

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for COM+

If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Step 2: Verify if COM and .NET extension is enabled in PHP

Check PHP.ini for [COM_DOT_NET] extension.

Step 3: Verify if EasyXLS is registered

Check if EasyXLS component is present in Component Services.

Step 4: Run PHP code that imports data from Excel to DataSet

Execute the following PHP code that imports Excel data to DataSet.

<?php

/*======================================================================
| Tutorial 34
|
| This tutorial shows how to import Excel to List in PHP. The data
| is imported from the active sheet of the Excel file (the Excel file 
| generated in Tutorial 09).
*======================================================================*/

header("Content-Type: text/html");

echo "Tutorial 34<br>";
echo "----------<br>";

// Create an instance of the class that imports Excel files
$workbook = new COM("EasyXLS.ExcelDocument");

// Import Excel file to List
echo "Reading file: C:\\Samples\\Tutorial09.xlsx<br><br>";
$rows = $workbook->easy_ReadXLSXActiveSheet_AsList("C:\\Samples\\Tutorial09.xlsx");

// Confirm import of Excel file
if ($workbook->easy_getError() == "")
{
    // Display imported List values
    for ($rowIndex=0; $rowIndex<$rows->size(); $rowIndex++)
    {
        $row = $rows->elementAt($rowIndex);
        for ($cellIndex=0; $cellIndex<$row->size(); $cellIndex++)
        {
            echo "At row ".($rowIndex + 1).", column ".($cellIndex + 1).
                 " the value is '".$row->elementAt($cellIndex)."'<br>";
        }
    }
}
else
    echo "Error reading file C:\Samples\Tutorial09.xlsx " . $workbook->easy_getError();

// Dispose memory
$workbook->Dispose();
$workbook = null;

?>

Overloaded methods
For methods with same name but different parameters, only the first method overload retains the original name. Subsequent overloads are uniquely renamed by appending to the method name '_2', '_3', etc (method, method_2, method_3), an integer that corresponds to the order of declaration that can be found in EasyXLS.h, a file that comes with EasyXLS installation.

EasyXLS on Linux, Mac, Windows using Java with PHP

If you opt for the Java version of EasyXLS, a similar code as above requires PHP/Java Bridge between PHP and Java.

Step 1: Download and install EasyXLS Excel Library for Java

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for Java

If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Step 2: Install PHP/Java Bridge

Download PHP/Java Bridge and follow the PHP/Java Bridge installation guide for directions.

Step 3: Setup EasyXLS library in Tomcat

Copy EasyXLS.jar into Tomcat installation path, lib folder.

Step 4: Run PHP code that imports data from Excel to DataSet

Execute the following PHP code that imports Excel data to DataSet.

<?php require_once("http://localhost:8080/JavaBridge/java/Java.inc");

/*===================================================================
| Tutorial 34
|
| This tutorial shows how to import Excel to List in PHP. The data
| is imported from the active sheet of the Excel file (the Excel file 
| generated in Tutorial 09).
===================================================================*/

header("Content-Type: text/html");
	
echo "Tutorial 34<br>";
echo "----------<br>";
	
// Create an instance of the class that imports Excel files
$workbook = new java("EasyXLS.ExcelDocument");
	
// Import Excel file to List
echo "Reading file: C:\\Samples\\Tutorial09.xlsx<br><br>";
$rows = $workbook->easy_ReadXLSXActiveSheet_AsList("C:\\Samples\\Tutorial09.xlsx");
	
echo $rows->size();
// Confirm import of Excel file
if ($workbook->easy_getError() == "")
{
    // Display imported List values
    for ($rowIndex=0; $rowIndex<(int)(string)$rows->size(); $rowIndex++)
    {
        $row = $rows->elementAt($rowIndex);
        for ($cellIndex=0; $cellIndex<(int)(string)$row->size(); $cellIndex++)
        {
            echo "At row ".($rowIndex + 1).", column ".($cellIndex + 1).
                 " the value is '".$row->elementAt($cellIndex)."'<br>";
        }
    }
}	
else
    echo "Error reading file C:\Samples\Tutorial09.xlsx " . $workbook->easy_getError();

// Dispose memory
$workbook->Dispose();

?>

EasyXLS Excel libraries:

.NET
Excel Library for PHP
full COM+ version to import, export or convert Excel files
Excel Reader for PHP
COM+ version to read and import Excel files
Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for PHP

File formats:

MS Excel 97 - 2003
MS Excel 2007 - 2010
MS Excel 2013
MS Excel 2016
MS Excel 2019
XLSXXLSMXLSBXLS
XMLHTMLCSVTXT