(PHP 3 <= 3.0.18, PHP 4 >= 4.0.0)

dirname -- Returns directory name component of path


string dirname (string path)

Given a string containing a path to a file, this function will return the name of the directory.

On Windows, both slash (/) and backslash (\) are used as path separator character. In other environments, it is the forward slash (/).

Example 1. dirname() example

$path = "/etc/passwd";
$file = dirname ($path); // $file is set to "/etc"

See also: basename()