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SimpleXMLElement::children

(PHP 5 >= 5.0.1)

SimpleXMLElement::childrenFinds children of given node

Beschreibung

public SimpleXMLElement SimpleXMLElement::children ([ string $ns [, bool $is_prefix = false ]] )

This method finds the children of an element. The result follows normal iteration rules.

Hinweis: SimpleXML definiert für die meisten Methoden Regeln für das Hinzufügen von iterativen Eigenschaften. Diese können weder mit var_dump() oder auf andere Weise angezeigt werden.

Parameter-Liste

ns

An XML namespace.

is_prefix

If is_prefix is TRUE, ns will be regarded as a prefix. If FALSE, ns will be regarded as a namespace URL.

Rückgabewerte

Returns a SimpleXMLElement element, whether the node has children or not.

Changelog

Version Beschreibung
5.2.0 The optional parameter is_prefix was added.

Beispiele

Beispiel #1 Traversing a children() pseudo-array

<?php
$xml 
= new SimpleXMLElement(
'<person>
 <child role="son">
  <child role="daughter"/>
 </child>
 <child role="daughter">
  <child role="son">
   <child role="son"/>
  </child>
 </child>
</person>'
);

foreach (
$xml->children() as $second_gen) {
    echo 
' The person begot a ' $second_gen['role'];

    foreach (
$second_gen->children() as $third_gen) {
        echo 
' who begot a ' $third_gen['role'] . ';';

        foreach (
$third_gen->children() as $fourth_gen) {
            echo 
' and that ' $third_gen['role'] .
                
' begot a ' $fourth_gen['role'];
        }
    }
}
?>

Das oben gezeigte Beispiel erzeugt folgende Ausgabe:

The person begot a son who begot a daughter; The person
begot a daughter who begot a son; and that son begot a son

Beispiel #2 Using namespaces

<?php
$xml 
'<example xmlns:foo="my.foo.urn">
  <foo:a>Apple</foo:a>
  <foo:b>Banana</foo:b>
  <c>Cherry</c>
</example>'
;

$sxe = new SimpleXMLElement($xml);

$kids $sxe->children('foo');
var_dump(count($kids));

$kids $sxe->children('foo'TRUE);
var_dump(count($kids));

$kids $sxe->children('my.foo.urn');
var_dump(count($kids));

$kids $sxe->children('my.foo.urn'TRUE);
var_dump(count($kids));

$kids $sxe->children();
var_dump(count($kids));
?>
int(0)
int(2)
int(2)
int(0)
int(1)

Anmerkungen

SimpleXMLElement::children() returns a node object no matter if the current node has children or not. Use count() on the return value to see if there are any children. As of PHP 5.3.0, SimpleXMLElement::count() may be used instead.

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Anonymous
3 years ago
Here's my xml-to-array routine. Unlike many of the other comments here, this one takes namespaces into account.

<?php

class XmlArray {

  public function
load_dom ($xml) {
   
$node=simplexml_import_dom($xml);
    return
$this->add_node($node);
  }
 
  public function
load_string ($s) {
   
$node=simplexml_load_string($s);
    return
$this->add_node($node);
  }
 
  private function
add_node ($node, &$parent=null, $namespace='', $recursive=false) {
 
   
$namespaces = $node->getNameSpaces(true);
   
$content="$node";
   
   
$r['name']=$node->getName();
    if (!
$recursive) {
     
$tmp=array_keys($node->getNameSpaces(false));
     
$r['namespace']=$tmp[0];
     
$r['namespaces']=$namespaces;
    }
    if (
$namespace) $r['namespace']=$namespace;
    if (
$content) $r['content']=$content;
   
    foreach (
$namespaces as $pre=>$ns) {
      foreach (
$node->children($ns) as $k=>$v) {
       
$this->add_node($v, $r['children'], $pre, true);
      }
      foreach (
$node->attributes($ns) as $k=>$v) {
       
$r['attributes'][$k]="$pre:$v";
      }
    }
    foreach (
$node->children() as $k=>$v) {
     
$this->add_node($v, $r['children'], '', true);
    }
    foreach (
$node->attributes() as $k=>$v) {
     
$r['attributes'][$k]="$v";
    }
   
   
$parent[]=&$r;
    return
$parent[0];
   
  }

}

?>
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aero
6 years ago
Here's a simple, recursive, function to transform XML data into pseudo E4X syntax ie. root.child.value = foobar

<?php
error_reporting
(E_ALL);

$xml = new SimpleXMLElement(
'<Patriarch>
   <name>Bill</name>
   <wife>
     <name>Vi</name>
   </wife>
   <son>
     <name>Bill</name>
   </son>
   <daughter>
     <name>Jeri</name>
     <husband>
       <name>Mark</name>
     </husband>
     <son>
       <name>Greg</name>
     </son>
     <son>
       <name>Tim</name>
     </son>    
     <son>
       <name>Mark</name>
     </son>    
     <son>
       <name>Josh</name>
         <wife>
           <name>Kristine</name>
         </wife>
         <son>
           <name>Blake</name>
         </son>
         <daughter>
           <name>Liah</name>
         </daughter>
     </son>
   </daughter>
</Patriarch>'
);

RecurseXML($xml);

function
RecurseXML($xml,$parent="")
{
  
$child_count = 0;
   foreach(
$xml as $key=>$value)
   {
     
$child_count++;    
      if(
RecurseXML($value,$parent.".".$key) == 0// no childern, aka "leaf node"
     
{
         print(
$parent . "." . (string)$key . " = " . (string)$value . "<BR>\n");       
      }    
   }
   return
$child_count;
}

?>

The output....

.name = Bill
.wife.name = Vi
.son.name = Bill
.daughter.name = Jeri
.daughter.husband.name = Mark
.daughter.son.name = Greg
.daughter.son.name = Tim
.daughter.son.name = Mark
.daughter.son.name = Josh
.daughter.son.wife.name = Kristine
.daughter.son.son.name = Blake
.daughter.son.daughter.name = Liah
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Sebastian
8 years ago
Just a quick addition:

If you need to access a child node which contains a dash, you need to encapsulate it with {""}.

For example:
<?php
foreach ($domain->domain-listing as $product) {
}
?>

The example above doesn't work because of the dash. But instead you need to use:
<?php
foreach ($domain->{"domain-listing"} as $product) {
}
?>

At least for me the second example works perfectly fine.
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coldshine1 at rambler dot ru
3 years ago
This is my recursive simple function to parse XML with attributes.

<?php
function ParseXML($node, &$parent=array(), $only_child=true) {        

       
//Current node name
       
$node_name = $node->getName();
         
       
//Let's count children
       
$only_child = true;
        if(
$node->count() > 1 ) $only_child = false;

       
//If there is no child, then there may be text data
       
if($only_child){
           
$content="$node";           
            if (
strlen($content)>0) $parent['content']=$content;
        }
       
       
//Get attributes of current node
       
foreach ($node->attributes() as $k=>$v) {
           
$parent['@attributes'][$k]="$v";
        }
      
       
//Get children
       
$count = 0;
        foreach (
$node->children() as $child_name=>$child_node) {
            if(!
$only_child) //If there are siblings then we'll add node to the end of the array
               
LGServerPVR::ParseXML($child_node, $parent[$node_name][$child_name][$count], $only_child);
            else
               
LGServerPVR::ParseXML($child_node, $parent[$node_name][$child_name], $only_child);
           
$count++;
        }
       
        return
$parent
       
//(c) c01d[s]h!nE 10.12.2010      
   
}

?>
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mrdaniellee at live dot com
4 years ago
use this If you want to view the HTML as well as data.

normal dumps display the parsed versions of HTML.
This code displays the HTML as Text in a Text Area, and also display all other a data along side as an array

perfect for debugging (xml with html).

Try This Code:

<?php
$xml 
= simplexml_load_file($url);

function
xml2array_parse($xml){
     foreach (
$xml->children() as $parent => $child){
        
$return["$parent"] = xml2array_parse($child)?xml2array_parse($child):"$child";
     }
     return
$return;
 }
 
 print
"<pre><textarea style=\"width:200%;height:100%;\">";
 
print_r(xml2array_parse($xml));
 print
"</textarea></pre>";
?>
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transglobe at gmx dot de
6 years ago
I made a slightly differnt approch towards the RecurseXML function. Beeing hungry I had problems with the code, as it did just overwrite two <maincourse>s. So here is what I did:

<?php

$xml
= new SimpleXMLElement(
'<meal>
   <type>Lunch</type>
   <time>12:30</time>
   <menu>
     <entree>salad</entree>
     <maincourse>
        <part>ships</part>
        <part>steak</part>
     </maincourse>
     <maincourse>
        <part>fisch</part>
        <part>rice</part>
     </maincourse>
     <maincourse>
        <part>wine</part>
        <part>cheese</part>
     </maincourse>
   </menu>
</meal>'
);

$vals = array();
RecurseXML($xml,$vals);

foreach(
$vals as $key=>$value)
  print(
"{$key} = {$value}<BR>\n");

function
RecurseXML($xml,&$vals,$parent="") {

 
$childs=0;
 
$child_count=-1; # Not realy needed.
 
$arr=array();
        foreach (
$xml->children() as $key=>$value) {
                if (
in_array($key,$arr)) {
                       
$child_count++;
                } else {
                       
$child_count=0;
                }
               
$arr[]=$key;
               
$k=($parent == "") ? "$key.$child_count" : "$parent.$key.$child_count";
               
$childs=RecurseXML($value,$vals,$k);
                if (
$childs==0) {
                       
$vals[$k]= (string)$value;
                }
        }

  return
$childs;
}

?>
Output is like this:
type.0 = Lunch
time.0 = 12:30
menu.0.entree.0 = salad
menu.0.maincourse.0.part.0 = ships
menu.0.maincourse.0.part.1 = steak
menu.0.maincourse.0 =
menu.0.maincourse.1.part.0 = fisch
menu.0.maincourse.1.part.1 = rice
menu.0.maincourse.1 =
menu.0.maincourse.2.part.0 = wine
menu.0.maincourse.2.part.1 = cheese
menu.0.maincourse.2 =
menu.0 =

(Not beautiful, but it solved my case...)
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taylorbarstow at that google mail thingy
7 years ago
Sometimes you actually want an array, not a pseudo array.   This is especially true when you aren't dealing with attributes (i.e., you just want the array of child nodes).

Do like this:

<?php
$children
= $sxml->xpath('child::node()');
?>

The reason you might want this is to be able to use array functions like array_shift, array_pop, etc.  This is especially true when you are writing recursive functions.  Simplexml works really well in iterative programming, but if you try to implement recursion it gets ugly.
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Andrew Rose (rose dot andrew at gmail dot com)
9 years ago
The example below shows the basic use of depth-first recursion to span the xml tree.

This is coded for the command line, and it prints out the original sentance above and then the copy cat sentence it creates itself for comparison, which as you will see; this example is slightly off from, I'll leave it upto you to resolve this issue.

All in all I personaly think xml and recursion go hand in hand, so if you don't understand recursion but know xml and want to use php to manipulate xml you will need to learn about recursion at some point.

<?php
$xml
= simplexml_load_string(
'<person>
 <child role="son">
  <child role="daughter"/>
 </child>
 <child role="daughter">
  <child role="son">
   <child role="son"/>
  </child>
 </child>
</person>'
);

function
recurse($child)
 {
   foreach(
$child->children() as $children) {
     echo
' who begot a '.$children['role'];
    
recurse($children);
   }
    return;
 }

foreach(
$xml->children() as $children) {
 echo
'The person begot a '.$children['role'];
 
recurse($children, 0);
 echo
'; ';
}

echo
"\n";
echo
'The person begot a son who begot a daughter; The person begot a daughter who begot a son; and that son begot a son'."\n";

?>
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rodmen at gmail dot com
4 years ago
Transform xml to array php

<?php
function xml2phpArray($xml,$arr){
   
$iter = 0;
        foreach(
$xml->children() as $b){
               
$a = $b->getName();
                if(!
$b->children()){
                       
$arr[$a] = trim($b[0]);
                }
                else{
                       
$arr[$a][$iter] = array();
                       
$arr[$a][$iter] = xml2phpArray($b,$arr[$a][$iter]);
                }
       
$iter++;
        }
        return
$arr;
}

$Array = simplexml_load_string(file_get_contents('myfile.xml'));
print_r(xml2phpArray($Array,array()));
?>
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Anonymous
5 years ago
for XML namespaces such as <dc:creator> in RSS feeds use

<?php
    $xml
= new SimpleXMLElement($string);
   
$item = $xml->channel[0]->item[0];
   
$dc = $item->children("http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/");
    echo
$dc->creator;
?>
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no-one
8 years ago
For anyone who hasn't read Sterling Hughe's article (http://www.zend.com/php5/articles/php5-simplexml.php):

<?php
$xml_document
=<<<EOT
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<root xmlns:foo="http://example.com">
  <foo:bar>baz</foo:bar>
</root>
EOT;

$xml_document = simplexml_load_xml($xml_document);

$foo_ns_bar = $xml_document->children('http://example.com');

echo
$foo_ns_bar->bar[0]; // prints 'baz'
?>
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zyxwvu at users dot sourceforge dot net
10 years ago
File:

<category>
  <item>text</item>
  <bold>text</bold>
  <item>text</item>
  <item>text</item>
  <mark>text</mark>
  <bold>text</bold>
</category>

If you want to get also names of the tags, you can use this loop layout:

<?php
foreach($category -> children() as $name => $node){
  echo
$name.'<br/>';
}
?>
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crescentfreshpot at yahoo dot com
6 years ago
Just a warning that the iterable returned from children() contains the '@attributes' key, which is "invisible" during a foreach but can be seen if using a different construct, such as list()=each() or casting to an array before iterating w/ foreach.
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thetazzbot at gmail dot com
2 years ago
Ok so say you have this xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<!DOCTYPE nitf
PUBLIC "-//IPTC-NAA//DTD NITF 3.1//EN"
       "http://www.nitf.org/site/nitf-documentation/nitf-3-1.dtd">
<nitf>
  <head>
    <docdata management-status="embargoed">
      <!--data/2011/08/23/parties/doc4e53aa5783cca930694817.txt-->
      <doc-id id-string="doc4e53aa5783cca930694817"/>
      <date.release norm="20110823T000000"/>
      <key-list/>
    </docdata>
    <pubdata type="web" position.section="parties" position.sequence="0"/>
  </head>

-- snip --

If you need to access the nodes named "like.this" such as the date.release above, here is how I did it:

$xml = new SimpleXMLElement($xhtml);
 echo (string)$xml->head->docdata->{"date.release"}["norm"];

Took me a while to figure that one out ;)
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