LVII. Mimetype Functions


The functions in this module try to guess the content type and encoding of a file by looking for certain magic byte sequences at specific positions within the file. While this is not a bullet proof approach the heuristics used do a very good job.

This extension is derivated from Apache mod_mime_magic, which is itself based on the file command maintaind by Ian F. Darwin. See the source code for further historic and copyright information.


These functions are available as part of the standard module, which is always available.


The extension needs a copy of the magic.mime as distributed with the file command. This file also part of most recent Linux distributions and usually stored in the /usr/share/misc directory.

Runtime Configuration

Table 1. MIME magic Configuration options


Resource Types

This extension does not define any resource types.

Predefined Constants

This extension does not define any constants.

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mime_content_type -- Detect MIME Content-type for a file