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PHP: export data to XLS file

author: Krasimir Tsonev 2010-12-01 by Krasimir
in blog / PHP
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Sometimes it is necessary to present your data in format which is popular and easy to work with. In most cases the CSV format will fit perfectly you and your clients, but sometimes you have to export the information in XLS file. These several functions will help you to do that.

function xlsBOF() {
	echo pack("ssssss", 0x809, 0x8, 0x0, 0x10, 0x0, 0x0);
function xlsEOF() {
	echo pack("ss", 0x0A, 0x00);
function xlsWriteNumber($Row, $Col, $Value) {
	echo pack("sssss", 0x203, 14, $Row, $Col, 0x0);
	echo pack("d", $Value);
function xlsWriteLabel($Row, $Col, $Value) {
	$L = strlen($Value);
	echo pack("ssssss", 0x204, 8 + $L, $Row, $Col, 0x0, $L);
	echo $Value;
// prepare headers information
header("Content-Type: application/force-download");
header("Content-Type: application/octet-stream");
header("Content-Type: application/download");
header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=\"export_".date("Y-m-d").".xls\"");
header("Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary");
header("Pragma: no-cache");
header("Expires: 0");
// start exporting
// first row 
xlsWriteLabel(0, 0, "id");
xlsWriteLabel(0, 1, "name");
xlsWriteLabel(0, 2, "email");
// second row 
xlsWriteNumber(1, 0, 230);
xlsWriteLabel(1, 1, "John");
xlsWriteLabel(1, 2, "");
// third row 
xlsWriteNumber(2, 0, 350);
xlsWriteLabel(2, 1, "Mark");
xlsWriteLabel(2, 2, "");
// end exporting

And the result is:
PHP: export data to XLS file

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