In many situations you want to download a file (or a page) from another server to your server. You can do this with cURL! Here is a function which does that, written in PHP.

function downloadFile($url, $path='', $file='', $options = array())
    //make sure the options is an array
    if (!is_array($options)) $options = array();
    //add default options. You can remove these from here, but make sure you give the options you removed, when you call this method
    $options = array_merge(array(
        'connectionTimeout' => 5, // seconds
        'timeout' => 10, // seconds
        'sslVerifyPeer' => false,
        'followLocation' => false, // if true, limit recursive redirection by
        'maxRedirs' => 1, // setting value for "maxRedirs"
          ), $options
    // if no filename given, create a random filename (with no extension)
    if (empty($filename)) $filename = rand();
    // create a file (we are assuming that we can write to the system's directory)
    $FileName = $path.$filename;
    $fh = fopen($FileName, 'w');

    $curl = curl_init($url);
    curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_FILE, $fh);
    curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, $options['connectionTimeout']);
    curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, $options['timeout']);
    curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_HEADER, false);
    curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, $options['sslVerifyPeer']);
    curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, $options['followLocation']);
    curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_MAXREDIRS, $options['maxRedirs']);


    return $FileName;

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