Including a PHP File into Another PHP File

Including a PHP File into Another PHP File

The include() and require() statement allow you to include the code contained in a PHP file within another PHP file. Including a file produces the same result as copying the script from the file specified and pasted into the location where it is called.

You can save a lot of time and work through including files — Just store a block of code in a separate file and include it wherever you want using the include() and require() statements instead of typing the entire block of code multiple times. A typical example is including the header, footer and menu file within all the pages of a website.

The basic syntax of the include() and require() statement can be given with:

include("path/to/filename"); -Or- include "path/to/filename";
require("path/to/filename"); -Or- require "path/to/filename";
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <title>Tutorial Republic</title>
<?php include "header.php"; ?>
<?php include "menu.php"; ?>
    <h1>Welcome to Our Website!</h1>
    <p>Here you will find lots of useful information.</p>
<?php include "footer.php"; ?>

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