Wouldn't it be great if you could use php and curl to download multiple files simultaneously using built-in curl functions? You can!


Example Code

Note that this won't work out of the box or anything, I was passing this function an array containing a bunch of mod_rewrite variables, but you can get an idea of how to use the code.

function curlit_rewritecond($U,$pass){
    global $RPASS,$RSITE;
  $RPASS=$pass;

    $FF_HDR=array("Accept: text/xml,application/xml,application/xhtml+xml,text/html;q=0.9,text/plain;q=0.8,image/png,*/*;q=0.5",
  "Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.9,de;q=0.8,ja;q=0.8,zh;q=0.7,zh-cn;q=0.6,nl;q=0.5,fr;q=0.5,it;q=0.4,ko;q=0.3,es;q=0.2,ru;q=0.2,pt;q=0.1",
  "Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate","Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7","Keep-Alive: 300","Connection: keep-alive","Pragma:");

    if($fp = tmpfile()){
        $mh = curl_multi_init();
        foreach ($U as $i => $ur) {
      $url=$RSITE.'?Q='.$ur;
            if (!$url_info = parse_url($url)) die('bad url '.$url);
            $ch[$i] = curl_init($url);
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_HEADERFUNCTION, 'aacurlheader');
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_HEADER, 1);
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_VERBOSE, 0);
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_NOBODY, 1);
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST, 'GET');
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_STDERR, $fp);
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_FAILONERROR, 0);
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, 0);
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_USERAGENT, 'Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1.7) Gecko/20070914 Firefox/2.0.0.7 (via www.askapache.com)');
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_INTERFACE, '208.86.158.195');
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $FF_HDR);
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_REFERER, 'http://www.askapache.com');
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_ENCODING, 0);
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, 45);
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_MAXCONNECTS, 5);
            curl_setopt ($ch[$i], CURLOPT_MAXREDIRS, 0);
            curl_multi_add_handle ($mh,$ch[$i]);
        }
        do { ob_start();$r=curl_multi_exec($mh,$active);$t=ob_get_clean();}
    while($r == CURLM_CALL_MULTI_PERFORM || $active);
    if ($r != CURLM_OK) die("Curl multi read error $r");
        foreach ($U as $i => $url) {
      if (curl_errno($ch[$i])) {echo curl_error($ch[$i])."-".curl_errno($ch[$i]);}
      //else $cch=curl_getinfo($ch[$i]);
            curl_multi_remove_handle($mh,$ch[$i]);
            curl_close($ch[$i]);
        }
        curl_multi_close($mh);
        fclose($fp);
    }
  sleep(1);
  return true;
}

php code example 2

This code will download all the files listed in the $urls array to the folder specified by the $saveto variable.

<?php

$urls=array(
'http://f.askapache.com/mp3/12-lessons-for-those-afraid-of-css.mp3',
'http://f.askapache.com/mp3/27-request-methods-for-use-with-apache-and-rewritecond-and-htaccess.mp3',
'http://f.askapache.com/mp3/301-redirect-with-mod_rewrite-or-redirectmatch.mp3',
'http://f.askapache.com/mp3/404-errorpages.mp3',
'http://f.askapache.com/mp3/503-service-temporarily-unavailable.mp3',
'http://f.askapache.com/mp3/adsense-robots.mp3',
'http://f.askapache.com/mp3/alexa-toolbar-firefox.mp3',
'http://f.askapache.com/mp3/allowing-access-from-1-static-ip-and-deny-the-rest.mp3',
'http://f.askapache.com/mp3/apache-authentication-in-htaccess.mp3');

$save_to='/web/user/public_html/mp3/';

$mh = curl_multi_init();
foreach ($urls as $i => $url) {
    $g=$save_to.basename($url);
    if(!is_file($g)){
        $conn[$i]=curl_init($url);
        $fp[$i]=fopen ($g, "w");
        curl_setopt ($conn[$i], CURLOPT_FILE, $fp[$i]);
        curl_setopt ($conn[$i], CURLOPT_HEADER ,0);
        curl_setopt($conn[$i],CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT,60);
        curl_multi_add_handle ($mh,$conn[$i]);
    }
}
do {
    $n=curl_multi_exec($mh,$active);
}
while ($active);
foreach ($urls as $i => $url) {
    curl_multi_remove_handle($mh,$conn[$i]);
    curl_close($conn[$i]);
    fclose ($fp[$i]);
}
curl_multi_close($mh);
?>

Curl Multi Functions

curl_multi_init
Returns a new cURL multi handle
curl_multi_add_handle
Add a normal cURL handle to a cURL multi handle
curl_multi_exec
Run the sub-connections of the current cURL handle
curl_multi_close
Close a set of cURL handles
curl_multi_getcontent
Return the content of a cURL handle if CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER is set
curl_multi_info_read
Get information about the current transfers
curl_multi_select
Get all the sockets associated with the cURL extension, which can then be "selected"
curl_multi_remove_handle
Remove a multi handle from a set of cURL handles

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