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Delete files older than 2 months old in a directory in PHP


Here, we will create a function where we will pass two parameters, first one is directory/folder path and second parameter is number of days.

This script deletes files from specified folder only, not from child folders.

<?php
function deleteOlderFiles($path,$days) {
  if ($handle = opendir($path)) {
    while (false !== ($file = readdir($handle))) {
      $filelastmodified = filemtime($path . $file);
      if((time() - $filelastmodified) > $days*24*3600)
      {
        if(is_file($path . $file)) {
          unlink($path . $file);
        }
      }
    }
    closedir($handle);
  }
}
 
$path = './uploads/';
$days = 2;
deleteOlderFiles($path,$days);
?>

Older than x amount of time

<?php
$x = 21600;  // 6 hours - 6*60*60
$current_time = time();
$path = './uploads/';
 
$files = glob($path.'/*.*');
foreach($files as $file) {
 $file_creation_time = filemtime($file);
 $difference = $current_time - $file_creation_time;
  if(is_file($file)) {
    if ($difference >= $x) {
      unlink($file);
    }
  }
}
?>


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