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How do I access files below / outside of public_html using php?

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RonaldGans
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2013-03-31 1:20 am EST

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For my web site, my public directory is /public_html . BUT my line:
<?php include('includes/file.php'); ?>
fails because php cannot open the stream file.php. "includes" is off of public_html.

RON

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BradM
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2013-04-01 10:08 am EST
Hi RonaldGans,
<h2>Option 1: ../</h2>
To access a file / folder below your current directory, you can use ../

For example:

<div class='code_block'>&lt;?php include('<span style='color:red;'>../</span>includes/file.php'); ?&gt;</div>
<h2>Option 2: Absolute Path</h2>
You can also use the absolute path, as in:

<div class='code_block'>&lt;?php include('<span style='color:red;'>/home/userna5/</span>includes/file.php'); ?&gt;</div>
In the above example, you'll need to be sure to replace userna5 with <a href='http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/website/how-to/viewing-account-technicial-information-in-amp'>your cPanel username</a>.

I hope this helps!

Thanks,
- Brad

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