[SOLVED] Limit download speed using PHP


I found on Google some PHP scripts to limit the download speed of a file, but the file download at 10 Mbps or if it download at 80 kbps as i set it, after 5 mb, it stops downloading.

Can some one tell me where I can found a good PHP download speed limit script please?

Thank you very much

— Edit —

Here is the code :

// change this value below
$cs_conn = mysql_connect('localhost', 'root', '');
mysql_select_db('shareit', $cs_conn);

// local file that should be send to the client
$local_file = $_GET['file'];
// filename that the user gets as default
$download_file = $_GET['file'];

// set the download rate limit (=> 20,5 kb/s)
$download_rate = 85; 
if(file_exists($local_file) && is_file($local_file)) {
    // send headers
    header('Cache-control: private');
    header('Content-Type: application/octet-stream'); 
    header('Content-Length: '.filesize($local_file));
    header('Content-Disposition: filename='.$download_file);

    // flush content
    // open file stream
    $file = fopen($local_file, "r");    
    while(!feof($file)) {

        // send the current file part to the browser
        print fread($file, round($download_rate * 1024));    

        // flush the content to the browser

        // sleep one second

    // close file stream
else {
    die('Error: The file '.$local_file.' does not exist!');

if ($dl) {
} else {
    header('HTTP/1.0 503 Service Unavailable');
    die('Abort, you reached your download limit for this file.');


The reason your download stops after 5MB is because it takes over 60 seconds to download 5MB at 80KB/s. Most of those “speed limiter” scripts use sleep() to pause for a while after sending a chunk, resume, send another chunk, and pause again. But PHP will automatically terminate a script if it’s been running for a minute or more. When that happens, your download stops.

You can use set_time_limit() to prevent your script from being terminated, but some web hosts will not allow you to do this. In that case you’re out of luck.

Answered By – kijin

Answer Checked By – Senaida (BugsFixing Volunteer)

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