I need to download a file in SharePoint Online from PHP.

The only data I have is the URL of the folder.

Access is public, does not require authentication.

How can you complete this task from PHP? Any API?

Thanks in advance.

  • do you only have folder name or also file name ? – Siddharth Vaghasia Jun 5 '19 at 11:35
  • when you say access is public..is it for whole site, folder or only file ? – Siddharth Vaghasia Jun 5 '19 at 11:41
  • I have access to the folder, but I can infer the name of the file. Another alternative is to look for it because it is known that there is only one file. Access is public only to that folder. No to the site. – Juan Pablo Pussacq Laborde Jun 5 '19 at 17:43
  • did you try below phpSPO ? – Siddharth Vaghasia Jun 6 '19 at 3:50

I struggled with the same issue using phpSPO, found a direct way to download. Simply replace everything after the ? in the url with "download=1" src

$fileUrl    = "https://mycompany.sharepoint.com/folders/someGUIDlikeSTRING?download=1";
$filePath   = "/tmp/saveHere.file";
$strCmd     = "wget -O  " . $filePath . " " . $fileUrl;

Curl kept receiving a 403, while wget worked fine. Its a hackish shell call, obviously curl would be a better solution, but it works.


You can use phpSPO library (https://github.com/vgrem/phpSPO). It has 2 methods which can be used. below is snippet from another post on stackoverflow

function downloadFile(ClientRuntimeContext $ctx, $fileUrl, $targetFilePath){
    $fileContent = 
    file_put_contents($targetFilePath, $fileContent);
    print "File {$fileUrl} has been downloaded successfully\r\n";

function downloadFileAsStream(ClientRuntimeContext $ctx, $fileUrl, 
    $targetFilePath) {
    $fileUrl = rawurlencode($fileUrl);

    $fp = fopen($targetFilePath, 'w+');
    $url = $ctx->getServiceRootUrl() . "web/getfilebyserverrelativeurl('$fileUrl')/\$value";
    $options = new \Office365\PHP\Client\Runtime\Utilities\RequestOptions($url);
    $options->StreamHandle = $fp;

    print "File {$fileUrl} has been downloaded successfully\r\n";

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