Create and Download Zip file in CodeIgniter

In PHP, ZipArchive Class is used for creating a zip file.

For adding a whole directory files need to read directory files one by one and add in the ZipArchive Class object.

CodeIgniter already provided a zip library that allows either add files or a directory for Compress.

Need to load the zip library for using it.

In this tutorial, I show how you can create a zip file, download, and save it to the server with CodeIgniter.

1. Store files

  • Created a uploads directory at the project root.

Create and Download Zip file in CodeIgniter

  • Store files in uploads directory and created another sub-directory documents for storing files.

Create and Download Zip file in CodeIgniter

  • I am using uploads directory in zip file creation.
  • Create archivefiles directory at project root to save the created zip files.

2. Configuration

Default controller

Open application/config/routes.php and edit default_controller value to Zip.

$route['default_controller'] = 'Zip';

3. Controller

Create a Zip.php file in application/controllers/ directory.

Create 3 methods –

  • __construct – Load url helper and zip library.
  • index – Load index_view view.
  • createzip – This method is called on <form > submit.

Add files –

On the first button click, I am adding specified files for the compress.

For this, I have assign file path in $filepath1 and $filepath2.

To add file use $this->zip->read_file();. This method takes file-path as a parameter.


Pass the $filepath1 and $filepath2 in the method.

For downloading file on the user system call $this->zip->download() method. This method takes file-name as a parameter.


Add directory files and sub-directory –

On the second button click, I am adding whole directory files and sub-directory for compress.

Specify a directory path in the $path.

Use $this->zip->read_dir() to add directory files.


To save a zip file on a server call $this->zip->archive() method and pass the path with file-name where you want to store.


Execute $this->zip->download() method for downloading the file to the user system.

Completed Code

defined('BASEPATH') OR exit('No direct script access allowed'); class Zip extends CI_Controller { public function __construct(){ parent::__construct(); $this->load->helper('url'); // Load zip library $this->load->library('zip'); } public function index(){ // Load view $this->load->view('index_view'); } // Create zip public function createzip(){ // Read file from path if($this->input->post('but_createzip1') != NULL){ // File path $filepath1 = FCPATH.'/uploads/image1.jpg'; $filepath2 = FCPATH.'/uploads/document/users.csv'; // Add file $this->zip->read_file($filepath1); $this->zip->read_file($filepath2); // Download $filename = ""; $this->zip->download($filename); } // Read files from directory if($this->input->post('but_createzip2') != NULL){ // File name $filename = ""; // Directory path (uploads directory stored in project root) $path = 'uploads'; // Add directory to zip $this->zip->read_dir($path); // Save the zip file to archivefiles directory $this->zip->archive(FCPATH.'/archivefiles/'.$filename); // Download $this->zip->download($filename); } // Load view $this->load->view('index_view'); } }

4. View

Create a index_view.php file application/views/ directory.

Create a <form > and set action='<?= base_url() ?>index.php/zip/createzip‘.

Create two submit buttons.

  • One for creating a zip file from the specified path.
  • and another for creating zip file from a directory.

Completed Code

defined('BASEPATH') OR exit('No direct script access allowed');
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en"> <head> <meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Create and Download Zip file in CodeIgniter</title> </head> <body> <form method='post' action='<?= base_url() ?>index.php/posts/createzip/'> <input type="submit" name="but_createzip1" value='Add file from path and download zip'> <input type="submit" name="but_createzip2" value='Add directory files and sub-directory, save archive and download zip'> </form> </body>

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