PHP Script to generate a Google Sitemap automatically

The other day I needed to create a script that could automatically generate a Google Sitemap.  The key requirement was that we wanted to have the sitemap recreated automatically.  For example every time we added a post or on a regular schedule such as nightly.

The script to create the automatic Google Sitemap was actually pretty straight forward.  The key thing is deciding what values to include in your xml entry block for each item.

So far the script has worked out really well.  In fact it builds several hundred entries ina  very short amount of time.  The Google Sitemap generator was designed to create a very large file with thousands of entries.  Still you can tweak the script as appropriate to fit your needs.

The Google Sitemap Generator script is included below.  I hope you enjoy it.


* SiteMap Generator
* This script is designed to make it very easy to create a custom Sitemap for your site from a set of data objects
* Simply customize your object interactions
* Author: Ben Hall
* Url:
* License: Free to use commercial or private with a link back to

//// Setup

// Replace the following code with whatever code you want to use to get a batch of objects from your data store.

// 1. The Object Class file :: Replace this wil your own Object Class

// 2. Change this code to represent whatever call you need to use to get a batch of objects
function getBatch($start, $end){
  return Object::getBatch($start, $end);

// 3. Change this code to represent pulling data out of a single object and putting it into a single sitemap entry
// Note :: change frequency and priority are default to a standard value - feel free to customize as appropriate.
function writeRecord($object){
  $html .= '<url>';
  $html .= '<loc>'.$object->url.'</loc>'; //The canicol URL to the item
  $html .= '<lastmod>'.Util::formatDate($object->lastModified,"Y-m-d").'T'.Util::formatDate($object->lastModified,"H:i:s-04:00").'</lastmod>';
  $html .= '<changefreq>weekly</changefreq>';
  $html .= '<priority>0.5</priority>';
  $html .= '</url>';
  return $html;

// 4. If needed you can set the following variables to help tune the script.
$memory = '64M'; //Increase or lower the memory values as appropriate (useful if your sitemap is very large
$sitemapFile = "sitemap.xml"; //The location of the Sitemap to build
$batchSize = 1000; //Number of objects to retrieve at a single time
$sleepLength = 1; //Number of seconds to sleep in between batches (so as to not harm your server)
$showErrors = true; //Boolean, set to True or False to show or hide errors

//// Code Body

//Setup the variables
ini_set('memory_limit', $memory);
$start = $end = 0;
$moreToDo = true;

//Error reporting

//Open the file handler
$fh = fopen($myFile, 'w');

//Write the headers on the XML file
$html = '<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset xmlns=""
fwrite($fh, $html);

//Loop through the objects. Get a batch an

  //Setup variables for the loop
  $start = $end;
  $end = $end + $batchSize;

  //Get a batch of objects from your Data Store... Replace
  $objects = getBatch($start, $end);
  $objectCount = count($objects);

  //Turn off looping if batch size is smaller then total possible
  if($objectCount < $batchSize){
    $moreToDo = false;

  //Build the XML for each entry
  foreach($objects as $object){
    $entry = writeRecord($object);
    fwrite($fh, $entry);

  //Sleep briefly to not harm your server

//Close up the end of the File
$html = '</urlset>';
fwrite($fh, $html);

echo '<p>All Done. <a href="'.$sitemapFile.'">Click here to view</a></p>';

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