How to use PHPExcel with CodeIgniter?

PHPExcel is a pure PHP library for reading and writing spreadsheet files and CodeIgniter is one of the well known PHP MVC Framework. In this tutorial, I am gonna show you how to Integrate PHPEXcel library in CodeIgniter with simple steps.

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Setp 1: Download and setup CodeIgniter.(download it here:

Setp 2: Download PHPExcel.(download it here:

Setp 3: Unzip or extract the downloaded PHPExcel lib files and copy Class directory inside files to application/third-party directory(folder).

setp 4: Now create one file called EXcel.php in application/library folder [application/library/Excel.php]. Then include PHPExcel Class to it. see how I did it below

That’s it now you can use PHPEXcel methods inside your CodeIgniter application.But you should load it before using it methods(Ex: $this->load->library(‘excel’);)

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That’s it.

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