Ping site and return result in PHP


I'd like to create a small IF procedure that will check if Twitter is available (unlike now, for example), and will return true or false.

Help :)

8/6/2009 2:00:59 PM

Accepted Answer

function urlExists($url=NULL)  
    if($url == NULL) return false;  
    $ch = curl_init($url);  
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 5);  
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, 5);  
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);  
    $data = curl_exec($ch);  
    $httpcode = curl_getinfo($ch, CURLINFO_HTTP_CODE);  
    if($httpcode>=200 && $httpcode<300){  
        return true;  
    } else {  
        return false;  

This was grabbed from this post on how to check if a URL exists. Because Twitter should provide an error message above 300 when it is in maintenance, or a 404, this should work perfectly.

8/6/2009 2:03:45 PM

Here's one:


function ping($host, $port, $timeout) { 
  $tB = microtime(true); 
  $fP = fSockOpen($host, $port, $errno, $errstr, $timeout); 
  if (!$fP) { return "down"; } 
  $tA = microtime(true); 
  return round((($tA - $tB) * 1000), 0)." ms"; 

//Echoing it will display the ping if the host is up, if not it'll say "down".
echo ping("", 80, 10);  

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