Php file based authentication

Some small sites does not have need for database back-end to store data. But security is still important either the site is big or small. They may have a requirement to authenticate some folder or file and want to set access credentials for that. We can handle such case by using file based authentication using PHP.

To create the file based authentication, first generate username and password set by using php password encryption technique md5(). The md5() function is commonly used to encrypt a string.
You can generate the username and password on click here.

Create a text file name "auth.txt" and paste the generated username and password set as it is in the text file. Now, create a login form and copy and paste these code to authenticate the username and password from a text file.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="" />
<div class="wrapper" style="width: 30%; margin: 0 auto;">
    <form class="form-signin" action='#' method="post">       
      <h2 class="form-signin-heading">User Login</h2><br/>
      <input type="text" class="form-control" name="username" placeholder="username" required="" autofocus="" /><br/>
      <input type="password" class="form-control" name="password" placeholder="Password" required=""/><br/>
      <button class="btn btn-small btn-primary btn-block" type="submit">Login</button>  
    function check_password($username, $password){
        $pwd_file = 'auth.txt';
        if(!$fh = fopen($pwd_file, "r")) {die("<p>Could not open password file");}
        $match = 0;
        $pwd = md5($password);
        while(!feof($fh)) {
          $line = fgets($fh, 4096);
          $user_pass = explode(":", $line);
          if($user_pass[0] == $username) {
            if(rtrim($user_pass[1]) == $pwd) {
              $match = 1;
          $match = 2; 
        if($match == '1') {
           echo "<b>Login Success!</b>";
        if($match == '2') {
           echo "<b>Login Failed!</b>";
    if($_POST['username']) {
        check_password($_POST['username'], $_POST['password']);

In the above code, we have used the fopen() function to open the text file and encrypted the entered password using the md5() function. We have matched the encryted password with the stored password. If both passwords are same, it prints success message.

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