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I need to get the path for public:// at runtime. Is there a fx call to resolve it?

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You can use the following code, to obtain the real path of public://.

if ($wrapper = file_stream_wrapper_get_instance_by_uri('public://')) {
  $realpath = $wrapper->realpath();
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@junedkazi's is a better answer. –  AlessMascherpa Apr 29 at 9:08
Read the code used by file_create_url(); you will see the executed code, in this case, is exactly the one I wrote in my answer. –  kiamlaluno Apr 29 at 9:13
Thanks @kiamlaluno. That proves my point. –  AlessMascherpa Apr 29 at 11:26
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You can use the file_create_url function.

$uri = 'public://';
$path= file_create_url($uri)
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In case if you are using only local files (not remote!) you can also try drupal_realpath()

$path = 'public://custom_map';

It will return:

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This returns a path and not a URL, which is what the question asks for. In my opinion this is better than the accepted answer. –  Scott Joudry May 11 at 19:28
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See the following examples:

$scheme = file_uri_scheme($file);

if ($scheme && file_stream_wrapper_valid_scheme($scheme)) {
  $wrapper = file_stream_wrapper_get_instance_by_scheme($scheme);
  $path = $wrapper->getLocalPath($file);


$wrapper = file_stream_wrapper_get_instance_by_uri($uri);
$path = $wrapper->getDirectoryPath() . "/" . file_uri_target($uri);
print $path;

API for DrupalPublicStreamWrapper:



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