implode

(PHP 4, PHP 5, PHP 7)

implodeJoin array elements with a string

Description

implode ( string $glue , array $pieces ) : string
implode ( array $pieces ) : string

Join array elements with a glue string.

Note:

implode() can, for historical reasons, accept its parameters in either order. For consistency with explode(), however, it may be less confusing to use the documented order of arguments.

Parameters

glue

Defaults to an empty string.

pieces

The array of strings to implode.

Return Values

Returns a string containing a string representation of all the array elements in the same order, with the glue string between each element.

Examples

Example #1 implode() example

<?php

$array 
= array('lastname''email''phone');
$comma_separated implode(","$array);

echo 
$comma_separated// lastname,email,phone

// Empty string when using an empty array:
var_dump(implode('hello', array())); // string(0) ""

?>

Notes

Note: This function is binary-safe.

See Also

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houston_roadrunner at yahoo dot com
10 years ago
it should be noted that an array with one or no elements works fine. for example:

<?php
    $a1
= array("1","2","3");
   
$a2 = array("a");
   
$a3 = array();
   
    echo
"a1 is: '".implode("','",$a1)."'<br>";
    echo
"a2 is: '".implode("','",$a2)."'<br>";
    echo
"a3 is: '".implode("','",$a3)."'<br>";
?>

will produce:
===========
a1 is: '1','2','3'
a2 is: 'a'
a3 is: ''
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ASchmidt at Anamera dot net
9 months ago
It's not obvious from the samples, if/how associative arrays are handled. The "implode" function acts on the array "values", disregarding any keys:

<?php
declare(strict_types=1);

$a = array( 'one','two','three' );
$b = array( '1st' => 'four', 'five', '3rd' => 'six' );

echo
implode( ',', $a ),'/', implode( ',', $b );
?>

outputs:
one,two,three/four,five,six
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omar dot ajoue at kekanto dot com
6 years ago
Can also be used for building tags or complex lists, like the following:

<?php

$elements
= array('a', 'b', 'c');

echo
"<ul><li>" . implode("</li><li>", $elements) . "</li></ul>";

?>

This is just an example, you can create a lot more just finding the right glue! ;)
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Felix Rauch
2 years ago
It might be worthwhile noting that the array supplied to implode() can contain objects, provided the objects implement the __toString() method.

Example:
<?php

class Foo
{
    protected
$title;

    public function
__construct($title)
    {
       
$this->title = $title;
    }

    public function
__toString()
    {
        return
$this->title;
    }
}

$array = [
    new
Foo('foo'),
    new
Foo('bar'),
    new
Foo('qux')
];

echo
implode('; ', $array);
?>

will output:

foo; bar; qux
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68
php.net {at} nr78 {dot} net
14 years ago
Also quite handy in INSERT statements:

<?php

  
// array containing data
  
$array = array(
     
"name" => "John",
     
"surname" => "Doe",
     
"email" => "j.doe@intelligence.gov"
  
);

  
// build query...
  
$sql  = "INSERT INTO table";

  
// implode keys of $array...
  
$sql .= " (`".implode("`, `", array_keys($array))."`)";

  
// implode values of $array...
  
$sql .= " VALUES ('".implode("', '", $array)."') ";

  
// execute query...
  
$result = mysql_query($sql) or die(mysql_error());

?>
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alexey dot klimko at gmail dot com
8 years ago
If you want to implode an array of booleans, you will get a strange result:
<?php
var_dump
(implode('',array(true, true, false, false, true)));
?>

Output:
string(3) "111"

TRUE became "1", FALSE became nothing.
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Anonymous
6 years ago
It may be worth noting that if you accidentally call implode on a string rather than an array, you do NOT get your string back, you get NULL:
<?php
var_dump
(implode(':', 'xxxxx'));
?>
returns
NULL

This threw me for a little while.
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16
masterandujar
7 years ago
Even handier if you use the following:

<?php
$id_nums
= array(1,6,12,18,24);

$id_nums = implode(", ", $id_nums);
               
$sqlquery = "Select name,email,phone from usertable where user_id IN ($id_nums)";

// $sqlquery becomes "Select name,email,phone from usertable where user_id IN (1,6,12,18,24)"
?>

Be sure to escape/sanitize/use prepared statements if you get the ids from users.
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Anonymous
4 years ago
null values are imploded too. You can use array_filter() to sort out null values.

<?php
$ar
= array("hello", null, "world");
print(
implode(',', $ar)); // hello,,world
print(implode(',', array_filter($ar, function($v){ return $v !== null; }))); // hello,world
?>
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admin at lanlink dot net dot au
2 years ago
It is possible for an array to have numeric values, as well as string values. Implode will convert all numeric array elements to strings.

<?php
$test
=implode(["one",2,3,"four",5.67]);
echo
$test;
//outputs: "one23four5.67"
?>
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