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Send a KML file from disk using PHP

Sending a kml or kmz disk file is as easy as clicking on it. But different browsers react differently, some asking you which program to use others storing the file on your desk top, etc. Preprocessing the file through PHP can reduce some of these annoyances.

<?php

//
// reads and sends a kml or kmz file
// located in /whatever/kml/
//
// calling protocol:
// this-program.php?file=somefile.kml
//

// read the input and check that it's a kmz or kml file
// ....................................................

$kml_file	= $_GET['file'];

if (($kml_file === NULL) or ($kml_file == "")) {exit ("error message");}
		
if ((substr($kml_file, -4) != ".kmz") AND (substr($kml_file, -4) != ".kml"))	
	{
	exit ("error message");
	}


// prepend the file path information to the file name and check that it exists
// ...........................................................................

$kml_file_name = "/whatever/kml/" . $kml_file;
	
if (!file_exists($kml_file_name)) { die ("error message");}


// send out the HTTP header information followed by the file contents
// ..................................................................
	
header("Cache-Control: no-cache, no-store, must-revalidate"); // trying to keep from getting the files stored on the local computer
header("Expires: Mon, 26 Jul 1997 05:00:00 GMT");

if (substr($kml_file, -4) == ".kml") {header('Content-Type: application/vnd.google-earth.kml+xml');}
if (substr($kml_file, -4) == ".kmz") {header('Content-Type: application/vnd.google-earth.kmz');}

header("Content-Disposition: inline");
header("Content-Description: KML or KMZ data intended for Google Earth");

readfile ($kml_file_name);

?>

Originally published: Thursday, November 01, 2007; most-recently modified: Monday, June 04, 2012