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  • Last Updated : 07 Jun, 2018
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The is_executable() function in PHP is an inbuilt function which is used to check whether the specified file is an executable file or not. The name of the file is sent as a parameter to the is_executable() function and it returns True if the file is an executable file else it returns False.


bool is_executable($file)

Parameters Used:
The is_executable() function in PHP accepts one parameter.

  • $file: It is a mandatory parameter which specifies the file.

Return Value:
It returns True if the file is an executable file else it returns false.


  • An E_WARNING is emitted on failure.
  • The result of this function are cached and therefore the clearstatcache() function is used to clear the cache.
  • is_executable() function returns false for non-existent files.

Below programs illustrate the is_executable() function.

Program 1:

$myfile = "gfg.exe";
// checking whether the file is 
// an executable file or not
if (is_executable($myfile))
    echo ("$myfile: executable!");
    echo ("$myfile: not executable!");


gfg.exe is executable!

Program 2

// fileperms() function returns the 
// permission as a number on success
// or FALSE on failure
$permissions = fileperms("gfg.exe");
$permvalue = sprintf("%o", $permissions);
// checking whether the file is executable
// or not
if (is_executable("gfg.exe"))
    echo ("Executable file and File "
         "Permissions are : $permvalue");
    echo ("Not Executable file and File "
          "Permissions are : $permvalue");


Executable file and File Permissions are : 0644


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