In PHP, you can create a redirect using the header() function. The header() function is used to send raw HTTP headers to the client, including redirect headers. A redirect is achieved by sending a "Location" header with the URL where you want the client's browser to be redirected.

Here's an example of how to create a simple redirect in PHP:


// Redirect to a specific URL

$redirectUrl = "";

header("Location: $redirectUrl");

exit; // Make sure to exit to prevent further execution of the script



In this example, when the PHP script is executed, the client's browser will receive a "Location" header with the URL "", and it will automatically redirect to that URL.

Keep in mind the following important points when using the header() function for redirects:

  1. The header() function must be called before any other output is sent to the client, including HTML, whitespace, or even errors. Otherwise, the redirect will not work as expected. Also, make sure there are no blank lines or spaces before the opening <?php tag.

  2. After sending the redirect header, it is essential to call exit or die() immediately to stop further script execution. This prevents the script from continuing to execute and potentially interfering with the redirect.

  3. If you are using a relative URL for the redirect, it will be relative to the current script's location. For example, if the current script is in a folder called "subfolder" and you want to redirect to "index.php" in the parent folder, you can use: header("Location: ../index.php");.

  4. It's good practice to use absolute URLs for redirects to avoid potential issues with relative paths and to ensure consistency across different environments.

Always use redirects with care, and ensure that the redirect is necessary and appropriate for your application. Improper use of redirects can lead to security vulnerabilities or unexpected behavior for users.