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strstrEncuentra la primera aparición de un string


string strstr ( string $haystack , mixed $needle [, bool $before_needle = false ] )

Devuelve parte del string haystack iniciando desde e incluyendo la primera aparición de needle (aguja) hasta el final del haystack (pajar).


Esta función es sensible a mayúsculas. Para búsquedas sin importar las mayúsculas, use stristr().


Si solo se quiere saber si un needle determinado aparece en un haystack, se utiliza la función strpos() que es más rápida y requiere menos memoria.



El string en donde buscar.


Si needle no es un string, será convertido como número entero y se aplicará el valor ordinal de caracter.


Si se define como TRUE, strstr() devolverá la parte del haystack antes de la primera ocurrencia de needle (excluyendo el needle).

Valores devueltos

Devuelve una parte de un string o FALSE si no se encuentra el needle.

Historial de cambios

Versión Descripción
5.3.0 Se añadió el parámetro opcional before_needle.
4.3.0 strstr() se hizo segura binariamente.


Ejemplo #1 Ejemplo de strstr()

$domain strstr($email'@');
$domain// mostrará

$user strstr($email'@'true); // Desde PHP 5.3.0
echo $user// mostrará name

Ver también

  • stristr() - strstr insensible a mayúsculas y minúsculas
  • strrchr() - Encuentra la última aparición de un caracter en un string
  • strpos() - Encuentra la posición de la primera ocurrencia de un substring en un string
  • strpbrk() - Buscar una cadena por cualquiera de los elementos de un conjunto de caracteres
  • preg_match() - Realiza una comparación con una expresión regular

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User Contributed Notes 8 notes

gruessle at gmail dot com
6 years ago
Been using this for years:

* @author : Dennis T Kaplan
* @version : 1.0
* Date : June 17, 2007
* Function : reverse strstr()
* Purpose : Returns part of haystack string from start to the first occurrence of needle
* $haystack = 'this/that/whatever';
* $result = rstrstr($haystack, '/')
* $result == this
* @access public
* @param string $haystack, string $needle
* @return string

function rstrstr($haystack,$needle)
substr($haystack, 0,strpos($haystack, $needle));

You could change it to:
rstrstr ( string $haystack , mixed $needle [, int $start] )

function rstrstr($haystack,$needle, $start=0)
substr($haystack, $start,strpos($haystack, $needle));

laszlo dot heredy at gmail dot com
3 years ago
strstr() is not a way to avoid type-checking with strpos().

If $needle is the last character in $haystack, and testing $needle as a boolean by itself would evaluate to false, then testing strstr() as a boolean will evaluate to false (because, if successful, strstr() returns the first occurrence of $needle along with the rest of $haystack).

('01234');  // found a zero
findZero('43210');  // did not find a zero
findZero('0');      // did not find a zero
findZero('00');     // found a zero
findZero('000');    // found a zero
findZero('10');     // did not find a zero
findZero('100');    // found a zero

function findZero($numberString) {
    if (
strstr($numberString, '0')) {
'found a zero';
    } else {
'did not find a zero';

Also, strstr() is far more memory-intensive than strpos(), especially with longer strings as your $haystack, so if you are not interested in the substring that strstr() returns, you shouldn't be using it anyway.

There is no PHP function just to check only _if_ $needle occurs in $haystack; strpos() tells you if it _doesn't_ by returning false, but, if it does occur, it tells you _where_ it occurs as an integer, which is 0 (zero) if $needle is the first part of $haystack, which is why testing if (strpos($needle, $haystack)===false) is the only way to know for sure if $needle is not part of $haystack.

My advice is to start loving type checking immediately, and to familiarize yourself with the return value of the functions you are using.

brett dot jr dot alton at gmail dot com
9 years ago
For the needle_before (first occurance) parameter when using PHP 5.x or less, try:

= 'php-homepage-20071125.png';
$needle = '-';
$result = substr($haystack, 0, strpos($haystack, $needle)); // $result = php
w3b_monk3y at yahoo dot com
8 years ago
If you want to emulate strstr's new before_needle parameter pre 5.3 strtok is faster than using strpos to find the needle and cutting with substr. The amount of difference varies with string size but strtok is always faster.
xslidian at lidian dot info
4 years ago
For those in need of the last occurrence of a string:

function strrstr($h, $n, $before = false) {
$rpos = strrpos($h, $n);
$rpos === false) return false;
$before == false) return substr($h, $rpos);
    else return
substr($h, 0, $rpos);
trent dot renshaw at objectst dot com dot au
1 year ago
> root at mantoru dot de

PHP makes this easy for you. When working with domain portion of email addresses, simply pass the return of strstr() to substr() and start at 1:

substr(strstr($haystack, '@'), 1);
root at mantoru dot de
9 years ago
Please note that $needle is included in the return string, as shown in the example above. This ist not always desired behavior, _especially_ in the mentioned example. Use this if you want everything AFTER $needle.

function strstr_after($haystack, $needle, $case_insensitive = false) {
$strpos = ($case_insensitive) ? 'stripos' : 'strpos';
$pos = $strpos($haystack, $needle);
    if (
is_int($pos)) {
substr($haystack, $pos + strlen($needle));
// Most likely false or null
return $pos;

// Example
$email = '';
$domain = strstr_after($email, '@');
$domain; // prints
leo dot nard at free dot fr
12 years ago
When encoding ASCII strings to HTML size-limited strings, sometimes some HTML special chars were cut.

For example, when encoding "��" to a string of size 10, you would get: "à&a" => the second character is cut.

This function will remove any unterminated HTML special characters from the string...

function cut_html($string)

    while (
$a = strstr($a, '&'))
$b=strstr($a, ';');
        if (!
substr($string, 0, strlen($string)-$nb);
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