break

(PHP 4, PHP 5, PHP 7, PHP 8)

break ends execution of the current for, foreach, while, do-while or switch structure.

break accepts an optional numeric argument which tells it how many nested enclosing structures are to be broken out of. The default value is 1, only the immediate enclosing structure is broken out of.

<?php
$arr 
= array('one''two''three''four''stop''five');
foreach (
$arr as $val) {
    if (
$val == 'stop') {
        break;    
/* You could also write 'break 1;' here. */
    
}
    echo 
"$val<br />\n";
}

/* Using the optional argument. */

$i 0;
while (++
$i) {
    switch (
$i) {
        case 
5:
            echo 
"At 5<br />\n";
            break 
1;  /* Exit only the switch. */
        
case 10:
            echo 
"At 10; quitting<br />\n";
            break 
2;  /* Exit the switch and the while. */
        
default:
            break;
    }
}
?>

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ei dot dwaps at gmail dot com
6 months ago
You can also use break with parentheses: break(1);

Note:
Using more nesting level leads to fatal error:

<?php
while (true) {
    foreach ([
1, 2, 3] as $value) {
      echo
'ok<br>';
      break
3; // Fatal error: Cannot 'break' 3 levels
   
}
    echo
'jamais exécuter';
    break;
  }
?>
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mparsa1372 at gmail dot com
2 months ago
The break statement can also be used to jump out of a loop.

This example jumps out of the loop when x is equal to 4:

<?php
for ($x = 0; $x < 10; $x++) {
  if (
$x == 4) {
    break;
  }
  echo
"The number is: $x <br>";
}
?>
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