I've been doing a lot of eBay auctions lately and one of the most time consuming parts was creating the HTML for all the images in my auction description. I could reuse a lot the HTML, simply changing the directory and image names, but it was still a lot of repetitive work. This week I had 25 items to list and the repetitive work really got to me, so I stopped and spent 30 minutes putting together a script that would help me.


To simplify things, I decided not to support the ability to choose the directory with the images for which you want to generate HTML. Instead, you simply upload the index.php file to the directory that contains your images, visit that directory with your web browser, and the HTML is generated. Since your web browser reads HTML, the images will be displayed just as they would in your eBay auction. Simply right click on the page, choose View Source, copy the nicely formatted HTML and paste it into your eBay description.

You can view this script in action by browsing some of my images here.


Here's a sample output from this script:

<p align="center"><img src=""></p>
<p align="center"><img src=""></p>
<p align="center"><img src=""></p>
<p align="center"><img src=""></p>

The code I had to write for this script was rather simple. The real meat of the work is done by a very nice function called preg_find() by Paul Gregg. His code is too much to show here, but I'll show you the code I wrote for this little script:

// Find all .jpg or .JPG files in the current directory using preg_find()
$files = preg_find('/.jpg|.JPG/', '.', PREG_FIND_SORTBASENAME);

// Store the path to the current directory
// (PHP_SELF includes index.php, so we use substr to remove that)
$link_dir = substr($_SERVER['PHP_SELF'], 0, -9);

// Loop through each of the files and generate the HTML
foreach($files as $file){
$my_file = substr($file, 2, strlen($file));
echo "<p align="center"><img src="http://" /></p>\n"; 

That's it! Of course it would be much nicer if you could upload this script to the root directory and either enter or choose a path with images, then click generate. However, this script does exactly what I need, so I don't plan to make any changes to it.


This script can be downloaded here: (4KB)

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