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substr_compare Confronto tra due stringhe a partire da una data posizione per n caratteri, sicuro con i dati binari e, opzionalmente, senza distinguere tra lettere maiuscole e minuscole


int substr_compare ( string $main_str , string $str , int $offset [, int $length [, bool $case_insensitivity ]] )

La funzione substr_compare() confronta main_str dalla posizione offset con la stringa str per length caratteri di lunghezza.

Restituisce < 0 se main_str dalla posizione offset è minore di str, > 0 se è maggiore di str, e 0 se sono uguali. Se length è uguale o maggiore della lunghezza di main_str ed è impostato il parametro length, substr_compare() visualizza un warning e restituisce FALSE.

Se case_insensitivity è TRUE, il confronto non distingue tra lettere maiuscole e minuscole.

Example #1 Esempio di uso di substr_compare()

echo substr_compare("abcde""bc"12); // 0
echo substr_compare("abcde""bcg"12); // 0
echo substr_compare("abcde""BC"12true); // 0
echo substr_compare("abcde""bc"13); // 1
echo substr_compare("abcde""cd"12); // -1
echo substr_compare("abcde""abc"51); // warning

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User Contributed Notes 4 notes

jimmetry at gmail dot com
4 years ago
When you came to this page, you may have been looking for something a little simpler: A function that can check if a small string exists within a larger string starting at a particular index. Using substr_compare() for this can leave your code messy, because you need to check that your string is long enough (to avoid the warning), manually specify the length of the short string, and like many of the string functions, perform an integer comparison to answer a true/false question.

I put together a simple function to return true if $str exists within $mainStr. If $loc is specified, the $str must begin at that index. If not, the entire $mainStr will be searched.


function contains_substr($mainStr, $str, $loc = false) {
    if (
$loc === false) return (strpos($mainStr, $str) !== false);
    if (
strlen($mainStr) < strlen($str)) return false;
    if ((
$loc + strlen($str)) > strlen($mainStr)) return false;
    return (
strcmp(substr($mainStr, $loc, strlen($str)), $str) == 0);

5 years ago
Take note of the `length` parameter: "The default value is the largest of the length of the str compared to the length of main_str less the offset."

This is *not* the length of str as you might (I always) expect, so if you leave it out, you'll get unexpected results.  Example:

= '$5$lalalalalalalala$';
var_dump(substr_compare($hash, '$5$', 0)); # int(34)
var_dump(substr_compare($hash, '$5$', 0, 3)); # int(0)
var_dump(PHP_VERSION); # string(6) "5.3.14"
bishop at php dot net
10 months ago
This function efficiently implements checks for strings beginning or ending with other strings:


function str_begins($haystack, $needle) {
0 === substr_compare($haystack, $needle, 0, strlen($needle));

str_ends($haystack$needle) {
0 === substr_compare($haystack, $needle, -strlen($needle));

var_dump(str_begins('', 'https://'));


Note that these are not multi-byte character set aware.
12 years ago
Modified version of the original posted function. Use this one:

if (!function_exists('substr_compare')) {
substr_compare($main_str, $str, $offset, $length = NULL, $case_insensitivity = false) {
$offset = (int) $offset;

// Throw a warning because the offset is invalid
if ($offset >= strlen($main_str)) {
trigger_error('The start position cannot exceed initial string length.', E_USER_WARNING);

// We are comparing the first n-characters of each string, so let's use the PHP function to do it
if ($offset == 0 && is_int($length) && $case_insensitivity === true) {
strncasecmp($main_str, $str, $length);

// Get the substring that we are comparing
if (is_int($length)) {
$main_substr = substr($main_str, $offset, $length);
$str_substr = substr($str, 0, $length);
        } else {
$main_substr = substr($main_str, $offset);
$str_substr = $str;

// Return a case-insensitive comparison of the two strings
if ($case_insensitivity === true) {
strcasecmp($main_substr, $str_substr);

// Return a case-sensitive comparison of the two strings
return strcmp($main_substr, $str_substr);
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