file_get_contents not working

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Hello all,

This is my code:

PHP Code:
$url = "Show.php?ShowID=1";
$str = file_get_contents($url);
echo $str;

That's supposed to get the contents of show.php with showID as 1. But this doesn't work. Just typing show.php works, but the ?showID=1 does not work.

How could I make it so that it works?


You are calling the file in the local filesystem. This method does not support parameters.

= "Show.php?ShowID=1";
= file_get_contents();
echo ;
If you use a http wrapper for your function call you will be able to pass parameters

= "http://www.domain.tld/Show.php?ShowID=1";
= file_get_contents();
echo ;
Be careful with this function and ensure that you don't have allow_url_fopen enabled in your php.ini file, although this is generally disabled on webhosts who know what they are doing.

Personally, I'd use cURL to include file contents to a variable although you may have to enable cURL on your server for this...


function includeFile($url) {

// Initiate the curl session
$ch = curl_init();
$timeout = 5;

// Point curl to the irl we want
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);

// Set some cURL options
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, 0);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt ($ch, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, $timeout);

// Get the file contents
$file_contents = curl_exec($ch);

// Close the curl session

$content = implode('', array($file_contents));

// Return the content
return $content;


$str = includeFile("http://www.domain.tld/Show.php?ShowID=1");


You could also try something like this to just initialise your variable before your call file_get_contents, then tell show.php to do something if the $showID variable isset...


$showID = 1;

$url = "Show.php";
$str = file_get_contents($url);
echo $str;

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