Some time we need to have a CSV file and store our database data in it for reporting and other things. To create such file on the fly we will need PHP, Apache and MySQL installed which i assume are installed.

Here is the script. One would need to connect to database and the rest of explanation i wrote in the comments inside the script.

//db.php connection to your database

// Query to get results from mysql table
$query = "SELECT id, name, phone, address FROM user";
$res = mysql_query($query);

// Functions for export to excel.
function xlsBOF() {
  echo pack("ssssss", 0x809, 0x8, 0x0, 0x10, 0x0, 0x0);

function xlsEOF() {
  echo pack("ss", 0x0A, 0x00);

function xlsWriteNumber($Row, $Col, $Value) {
  echo pack("sssss", 0x203, 14, $Row, $Col, 0x0);
  echo pack("d", $Value);

function xlsWriteLabel($Row, $Col, $Value ) {
  $L = strlen($Value);
  echo pack("ssssss", 0x204, 8 + $L, $Row, $Col, 0x0, $L);
  echo $Value;

// Unique file name with datetime
$file_name = "csv-".date('dmy-His');
header("Pragma: public");
header("Expires: 0");
header("Cache-Control: must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0");
header("Content-Type: application/force-download");
header("Content-Type: application/octet-stream");
header("Content-Type: application/download");;
header("Content-Disposition: attachment;filename=$file_name.xls ");
header("Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary ");


// Top of the excel sheet to write header
xlsWriteLabel(0,0,"User Data - CSV");

// Make column labels. (at line 3)
xlsWriteLabel(2, 0, "Id");
xlsWriteLabel(2, 1, "Name");
xlsWriteLabel(2, 2, "Phone");
xlsWriteLabel(2, 3, "Address");

// To start writing from row three from top
$xlsRow = 3;

// Put data records from mysql by while loop.
while($row = mysql_fetch_array($res)){

    xlsWriteNumber($xlsRow, 0, $row['id']);// 0 indicates column number
    xlsWriteLabel($xlsRow, 1, $row['name']);
    xlsWriteLabel($xlsRow, 2, $row['phone']);
    xlsWriteLabel($xlsRow, 3, $row['address']);