Published today, PHPit.net shares this new tutorial highlighting the creation of ZIP and TAR archives dynamically with the contents of your choosing.
In this tutorial I will show you exactly how to do that. Thankfully there are two excellent libraries in the PHP Extension and Application Repository (PEAR) which makes it a lot easier since all the hard stuff has been written for us already.
You will also learn how to stream these dynamically created archives using the right headers so that the browser will know it's an archive, and not a normal PHP page.
With the help of the Archive_Zip package from the PEAR libraries, following the steps to create an archive is simple. They assume that you already have the PEAR setup installed on your system and can easily pull in the Archive_Zip package before starting the tutorial. They help you create a sample archive, show the steps to make an archive from a directory, fixing the directory paths to make extraction easy. They even compress it all into one function to make for easy reuse later on.