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I have a file named file.txt that looks like this:

  1. Line 1
  2. Line 2
  3. Line 3
  4. Line 4

using the command:

$content = file_get_contents(file.txt);

echo $content

I get the output on one line:

Line 1 Line 2 Line 3 Line 4

How can I get the output printed over 4 lines?

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If you print it in your browser it will read it as html and not display line breaks unless you use <br> tags for it. Try this:

$content = file_get_contents(file.txt);
$content = ln2br($content); // Converts line breaks to html <br> tags
echo $content;

If it doesn't work, try:

$content = file_get_contents(file.txt);
echo '<pre>';
echo $content;
echo '</pre>';

and you'll see line breaks.

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'<pre>' works perfectly for what I'm looking to do. Thanks! – Matt Stokes Jul 24 '12 at 15:53

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