PHP 7.0.6 Released

A classe Closure

(PHP 5 >= 5.3.0, PHP 7)


Classe usada para representar funções anônimas.

Funções anônimas, implementadas no PHP 5.3, produzem objetos desse tipo. Este fato era considerado um detalhe de implementação, mas agora foi oficializado. Introduzida no PHP 5.4, esta classe possui métodos que permitem ainda mais controle de funções anônimas após sua criação.

Além dos métodos listados aqui, a classe também possui o método __invoke. Para consistência com outras classes que implementam o invoque mágico, já que esse método não é utilizado para chamar a função.

Sinopse da classe

Closure {
/* Métodos */
private __construct ( void )
public static Closure bind ( Closure $closure , object $newthis [, mixed $newscope = "static" ] )
public Closure bindTo ( object $newthis [, mixed $newscope = "static" ] )
public mixed call ( object $newthis [, mixed $... ] )


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chuck at bajax dot us
10 months ago
This caused me some confusion a while back when I was still learning what closures were and how to use them, but what is referred to as a closure in PHP isn't the same thing as what they call closures in other languages (E.G. JavaScript).

In JavaScript, a closure can be thought of as a scope, when you define a function, it silently inherits the scope it's defined in, which is called its closure, and it retains that no matter where it's used.  It's possible for multiple functions to share the same closure, and they can have access to multiple closures as long as they are within their accessible scope.

In PHP,  a closure is a callable class, to which you've bound your parameters manually.

It's a slight distinction but one I feel bears mentioning.
luk4z_7 at hotmail dot com
10 months ago
A closure encapsulates its scope, meaning that it has no access to the scope in which it is defined or executed. It is, however, possible to inherit variables from the parent scope (where the closure is defined) into the closure with the use keyword:

function createGreeter($who) {
              return function() use ($who) {
                  echo "Hello $who";

$greeter = createGreeter("World");
$greeter(); // Hello World

This inherits the variables by-value, that is, a copy is made available inside the closure using its original name.
font: Zend Certification Study Guide.
joe dot scylla at gmail dot com
22 days ago
Small little trick. You can use a closures in itself via reference.

Example to delete a directory with all subdirectories and files:

= null;
$deleteDirectory = function($path) use (&$deleteDirectory) {
$resource = opendir($path);
    while ((
$item = readdir($resource)) !== false) {
        if (
$item !== "." && $item !== "..") {
            if (
is_dir($path . "/" . $item)) {
$deleteDirectory($path . "/" . $item);
            } else {
unlink($path . "/" . $item);
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