EasyXLS

How to read XLS file 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 reads XLS file

Execute the following PHP code that imports an XLS file.

<?php

/*===========================================================================
| Tutorial 37
|
| This tutorial shows how to read an Excel XLS file in PHP (the
| XLS file generated by Tutorial 28 as base template), modify
| some data and save it to another XLS file (Tutorial37 - read XLS file.xls).
*==========================================================================*/

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

echo "Tutorial 37<br>";
echo "----------<br>";

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

// Read XLS file
echo "Reading file: C:\\Samples\\Tutorial28.xls<br>";
if ($workbook->easy_LoadXLSFile("C:\\Samples\\Tutorial28.xls"))
{
    // Get the table of data for the second worksheet
    $xlsSecondTable = $workbook->easy_getSheet("Second tab")->easy_getExcelTable();

    // Write some data to the second sheet
    $xlsSecondTable->easy_getCell_2("A1")->setValue("Data added by Tutorial37");

    for ($column=0; $column<5; $column++)
    {
        $xlsSecondTable->easy_getCell(1, $column)->setValue("Data " . ($column + 1));
    }

    // Export the new XLS file
    echo "Writing file: C:\Samples\Tutorial37 - read XLS file.xls<br>";
    $workbook->easy_WriteXLSFile("C:\Samples\Tutorial37 - read XLS file.xls");

    // Confirm export of Excel file
    if ($workbook->easy_getError() == "")
        echo "File successfully created.";
    else
        echo "Error encountered: " . $workbook->easy_getError();
}
else
{
    echo "Error reading file C:\Samples\Tutorial28.xls";
    echo $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 reads XLS file

Execute the following PHP code that imports an XLS file.

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

/*===========================================================================
| Tutorial 37
|
| This tutorial shows how to read an Excel XLS file in PHP (the
| XLS file generated by Tutorial 28 as base template), modify
| some data and save it to another XLS file (Tutorial37 - read XLS file.xls).
===========================================================================*/

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

echo "Tutorial 37<br>";
echo "----------<br>";
	
// Create an instance of the class that reads Excel files
$workbook = new java("EasyXLS.ExcelDocument");
	
// Read XLS file
echo "Reading file: C:\\Samples\\Tutorial28.xls<br>";
if ($workbook->easy_LoadXLSFile("C:\\Samples\\Tutorial28.xls"))
{
    // Get the table of data for the second worksheet
    $xlsSecondTable = $workbook->easy_getSheet("Second tab")->easy_getExcelTable();

    // Write some data to the second sheet
    $xlsSecondTable->easy_getCell("A1")->setValue("Data added by Tutorial37");

    for ($column=0; $column<5; $column++)
    {
        $xlsSecondTable->easy_getCell(1, $column)->setValue("Data " . ($column + 1));
    }
		
    // Export the new XLS file
    echo "Writing file: C:\Samples\Tutorial37 - read XLS file.xls<br>";
    $workbook->easy_WriteXLSFile("C:\Samples\Tutorial37 - read XLS file.xls");
		
    // Confirm export of Excel file
    if ($workbook->easy_getError() == "")
        echo "File successfully created.";
    else
        echo "Error encountered: " . $workbook->easy_getError();
}
else
{
    echo "Error reading file C:\Samples\Tutorial28.xls";
    echo $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
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