What is correct "ECG-way" to load an remote XML file?

For local files this works:

$xml = new Varien_Simplexml_Config($configFile);
$node = $xml->getNode('my/selected/node');

But not from remote URL:


public function __construct($sourceData=null) {
    if (is_null($sourceData)) {
    if ($sourceData instanceof Varien_Simplexml_Element) {
    } elseif (is_string($sourceData) && !empty($sourceData)) {
        if (strlen($sourceData)<1000 && is_readable($sourceData)) {
        } else {
    #$this->setCache(new Varien_Simplexml_Config_Cache_File());

Because $sourceData isn't readable it tries to load a XML string, what also doesn't work, because it's just the remote URL ...

Question: is there a method in Varien or Zend library that is usable for loading remote XML files?


You can try Varien_Http_Adapter_Curl but it's just a fancy way of doing a curl.

  • A workaround for a workaround? :) Seems to be a bit too much overhead, so i'll stay with file_get_contents() if there is nothing equivalent. – sv3n Jun 9 '17 at 17:13

Another way would be to use Varien_Io_File and the read method:

public function read($filename, $dest=null)
    if (!is_null($dest)) {
        $result = @copy($filename, $dest);
        return $result;

    $result = @file_get_contents($filename);

    return $result;
  • 1
    isn't this destined for local files? – Marius Jun 7 '17 at 7:09
  • @Marius with file_get_contents you can get whatever file you want – Raphael at Digital Pianism Jun 7 '17 at 7:16
  • I know I know...But I was wondering about it's moral :) – Marius Jun 7 '17 at 7:17
  • @Marius it's used in Mage_Paypal_Model_Report_Settlement in the fectchAndSave method to go to a specified host/path and fetch a report from there so I guess we're good ^^ – Raphael at Digital Pianism Jun 7 '17 at 7:18
  • I get the XML string, but with a PHP warning Warning: chdir(): No such file or directory (errno 2). Just to note Mage_Paypal_Model_Report_Settlement uses Varien_Io_Sftp ... – sv3n Jun 7 '17 at 7:48

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