Get File Extension in PHP

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This short snippet accepts a string, $fileName, and returns a lowercase version of all the text after the string’s last period:

function getExtension($fileName) {
    $arr = explode('.', $fileName);
    if ($arr !== false) {
        return strtolower($arr[count($arr) - 1]);
    } else {
        return false; // No period was found

Here is some example output:

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That’s all! You can pass in any sort of string, such as a file path, file name, or URL.

I wanted to keep this post short, because this is just a concise snippet that does one simple task and does it well.