PHP Reading a large file with a generator


Example

One common use case for generators is reading a file from disk and iterating over its contents. Below is a class that allows you to iterate over a CSV file. The memory usage for this script is very predictable, and will not fluctuate depending on the size of the CSV file.

<?php

class CsvReader
{
    protected $file;
 
    public function __construct($filePath) {
        $this->file = fopen($filePath, 'r');
    }
 
    public function rows()
    {
        while (!feof($this->file)) {
            $row = fgetcsv($this->file, 4096);
            
            yield $row;
        }
        
        return;
    }
}
 
$csv = new CsvReader('/path/to/huge/csv/file.csv');

foreach ($csv->rows() as $row) {
    // Do something with the CSV row.
}