(PHP 4, PHP 5, PHP 7, PHP 8)

lstatGives information about a file or symbolic link


lstat ( string $filename ) : array|false

Gathers the statistics of the file or symbolic link named by filename.



Path to a file or a symbolic link.

Return Values

See the manual page for stat() for information on the structure of the array that lstat() returns. This function is identical to the stat() function except that if the filename parameter is a symbolic link, the status of the symbolic link is returned, not the status of the file pointed to by the symbolic link.

On failure, false is returned.


Example #1 Comparison of stat() and lstat()


// Contrast information for uploads.php and uploads
array_diff(stat('uploads'), lstat('uploads'));

The above example will output something similar to:

Information that differs between the two files.

    [ino] => 97236376
    [mode] => 33188
    [size] => 34
    [atime] => 1223580003
    [mtime] => 1223581848
    [ctime] => 1223581848
    [blocks] => 8


Upon failure, an E_WARNING is emitted.


Note: The results of this function are cached. See clearstatcache() for more details.


As of PHP 5.0.0, this function can also be used with some URL wrappers. Refer to Supported Protocols and Wrappers to determine which wrappers support stat() family of functionality.

See Also

  • stat() - Gives information about a file

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salsi at icosaedro dot it
5 years ago
This function fails and returns FALSE with files larger than 2 GB on Linux 32-bits (PHP 7.1.0-dev):

    $ dd if=/dev/zero of=/tmp/huge bs=1048576 count=2050
    $ php -r 'var_dump(lstat("/tmp/huge"));'
    --> Warning: lstat(): Lstat failed for /tmp/huge in Command line code on line 1

Window not tested. PHP 64-bits not tested.
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