Fix Downloaded Excel File

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I created a php web app in Azure that pulls an excel file (xlsx) from an external website. I would like to parse it and insert the data into SQL server, but the file can't be read.

 

If I open it on my own OS in excel, it looks fine. I can save that file and then PHP or Javascript can parse it just fine.

 

The file size jumps up a lot from the first file to the saved second file.

 

I can't figure out why the first file is corrupt.

 

I need to take out this manual step and find an automated solution to fix the xlsx file using my Azure web app so I can schedule the job.

 

I did find a way to do it via a vbs file on another web server that I have access to the OS. It runs a CreateObject("Excel.Application") command that basically just opens and saves the file. Not sure that's possible on Azure.

 

Does anybody have any ideas?

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