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image rotation script

So I have this script that will rotate images located in a directory, which works great. However, it requires a refresh of the page in order to rotate the image. Is there a way I can modify this to have it rotate the image when the image itself is clicked? Thanks in advance


<img src="rotate.php" alt="random image" />


    $folder = 'images/';

    $exts = 'jpg jpeg png gif';

    $files = array(); $i = -1;
    if ('' == $folder) $folder = './';

    $handle = opendir($folder);
    $exts = explode(' ', $exts);
    while (false !== ($file = readdir($handle))) {
        foreach($exts as $ext) {
            if (preg_match('/.'.$ext.'$/i', $file, $test)) {
                $files[] = $file;
    $rand = mt_rand(0, $i);

    header('Location: '.$folder.$files[$rand]);


Update: this is very basic but test it out and see if it works;

  function changeImage(o){
   o.src = '' + (new Date()).getTime(); // time to help stop caching
 <img src="" onclick="changeImage(this)" />

and in your php add a content header to send the image eg if it is a gif or png…

// see link at bottom for getting file extention

 switch ($selected_random_file_extention) {
  case "gif":
     header('Content-type: image/gif');
     $file_ext = "gif"; break;
   case "jpg":
     header('Content-type: image/jpg')
     $file_ext = "jpg"; break;
   case 3:
     header('Content-type: image/png');
     $file_ext = "png"; break;

  //header('Content-type: image/gif'); // send as image 

   //$random_image_name = rand(1,5);

     // you would add $folder.$files[$rand]; and include you script above
     $random_image_name = $folder.$files[$rand]; 

                            // adjust paths as needed
       $img_file = "".$random_image_name.".gif";
                                                               // .$file_ext;

   readfile($img_file);  // not sure how memory will go


The idear is to set the header content type and to read and write the file to the output buffer using readfile, armed with this you could use ajax as another means to request the image and using the status to easly display a loading indicator.

If you where to Rewrite the URL you could change the extension of .php for the src or not even have an extention.

using pathinfo 'extension' you can get the extention and then set the approprate Content-type