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Outputting a CSV (not from DB table)


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1 January 2011 at 9:45am Community Member, 528 Posts

I'm trying to create a csv report that calucualtes totals to be downloaded. I can write the file I'm just not sure how to get the button to push the file to the browser.

See bellow:

function downloadAirmilesReport(){
      $trainers = DataObject::get("Member", "MemberType = 'Trainer' OR MemberType = 'Supervisor' OR MemberType = 'Manager'");
      //CSV HeaderRow
      $report = array(array("Offer","Report Date", "Collector Number", "Amount"));
      //Open File
      $fp = fopen('AirmilesReport.csv', 'w');
      foreach ($trainers as $trainer) {
         $id = $trainer->ID;
         $memberType = $trainer->MemberType;
         switch ($memberType) {
            case "Trainer":
               $clients = DataObject::get("Client", "AirMilesApproved = 1 AND TrainerID = '$id'");
               $totalClients = $clients->count();
               $totalPoints = $totalClients * 20;
            case "Supervisor":
               $clients = DataObject::get("Client", "AirMilesApproved = 1 AND SupervisorID = '$id'");
               $totalClients = $clients->count();
               $totalPoints = $totalClients * 15;
            case "Manager":
               $clients = DataObject::get("Client", "AirMilesApproved = 1 AND ManagerID = '$id'");
               $totalClients = $clients->count();
               $totalPoints = $totalClients * 5;
         if ($clients){
            //Add Row to CSV
            array_push($report,array("xxx", "01.01.01",$trainer->AirmilesID, $totalPoints)) ;
         echo "<br>";
      foreach ($report as $line){
         fputcsv($fp, $line);
      return $fp;



1 January 2011 at 10:41am Forum Moderator, 474 Posts

Since you'll need to read the contents of the file back, I'd use a temp file, rather than one with a constant name. So, instead of fopen():

$fp = tmpfile();

Then, instead of your current call to fclose():

$contents = '';
fseek($fp, 0);
while(!feof($fp)) $contents .= fread($fp, 8192);

return SS_HTTPRequest::send_file($contents, 'AirmilesReport.csv', 'text/csv');

What this does is gets PHP to create a temporary file, which you write your CSV data to, then it returns to the start of the file, reads the contents of it into $contents, closes the file (which also gets PHP to delete it, as it was created with tmpfile()), then gets SilverStripe to force the browser to download $contents as AirmilesReport.csv with mime-type text/csv