PHP Example – AJAX Poll

The following example will demonstrate a poll where the result is shown without reloading.

Do you like PHP and AJAX so far?



Example Explained – AJAX Poll HTML Page

When a user choose an option above, a function called "getVote()" is executed. The function is triggered by the "onclick" event:

function getVote(int)
if (window.XMLHttpRequest)
  {// code for IE7+, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari
  xmlhttp=new XMLHttpRequest();
  {// code for IE6, IE5
  xmlhttp=new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
  if (xmlhttp.readyState==4 && xmlhttp.status==200)

<div id="poll">
<h3>Do you like PHP and AJAX so far?</h3>
<input type="radio" name="vote" value="0" onclick="getVote(this.value)">
<input type="radio" name="vote" value="1" onclick="getVote(this.value)">


The getVote() function does the following:

  • Create an XMLHttpRequest object
  • Create the function to be executed when the server response is ready
  • Send the request off to a file on the server
  • Notice that a parameter (vote) is added to the URL (with the value of the yes or no option)


AJAX Poll PHP File

The page on the server called by the JavaScript above is a PHP file called "poll_vote.php":

$vote = $_REQUEST[‘vote’];

//get content of textfile
$filename = "poll_result.txt";
$content = file($filename);

//put content in array
$array = explode("||", $content[0]);
$yes = $array[0];
$no = $array[1];

if ($vote == 0)
  $yes = $yes + 1;
if ($vote == 1)
  $no = $no + 1;

//insert votes to txt file
$insertvote = $yes."||".$no;
$fp = fopen($filename,"w");

<img src="poll.gif"
width='<?php echo(100*round($yes/($no+$yes),2)); ?>'
<?php echo(100*round($yes/($no+$yes),2)); ?>%
<img src="poll.gif"
width='<?php echo(100*round($no/($no+$yes),2)); ?>'
<?php echo(100*round($no/($no+$yes),2)); ?>%

The value is sent from the JavaScript, and the following happens:

  1. Get the content of the "poll_result.txt" file
  2. Put the content of the file in variables and add one to the selected variable
  3. Write the result to the "poll_result.txt" file
  4. Output a graphical representation of the poll result


AJAX Poll Text File

The text file (poll_result.txt) is where we store the data from the poll.

It is stored like this:


The first number represents the "Yes" votes, the second number represents the "No" votes.

Note: Remember to allow your web server to edit the text file. Do NOT give everyone access, just the web server (PHP).


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