(PHP 4, PHP 5)

filemtimeGets file modification time


int filemtime ( string $filename )

This function returns the time when the data blocks of a file were being written to, that is, the time when the content of the file was changed.



Path to the file.

Return Values

Returns the time the file was last modified, or FALSE on failure. The time is returned as a Unix timestamp, which is suitable for the date() function.


Example #1 filemtime() example

// outputs e.g.  somefile.txt was last modified: December 29 2002 22:16:23.

$filename 'somefile.txt';
if (
file_exists($filename)) {
"$filename was last modified: " date ("F d Y H:i:s."filemtime($filename));


Upon failure, an E_WARNING is emitted.



Note that time resolution may differ from one file system to another.

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 for a listing of which wrappers support stat() family of functionality.

See Also

  • filectime() - Gets inode change time of file
  • stat() - Gives information about a file
  • touch() - Sets access and modification time of file
  • getlastmod() - Gets time of last page modification

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