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(PHP 5 >= 5.1.0, PHP 7)

SplFileObject::fgetssGets line from file and strip HTML tags


This function has been DEPRECATED as of PHP 7.3.0, and REMOVED as of PHP 8.0.0. Relying on this function is highly discouraged.


public SplFileObject::fgetss(string $allowable_tags = ?): string

Identical to SplFileObject::fgets(), except that SplFileObject::fgetss() attempts to strip any HTML and PHP tags from the text it reads. The function retains the parsing state from call to call, and as such is not equivalent to calling strip_tags() on the return value of SplFileObject::fgets().



Optional parameter to specify tags which should not be stripped.

Return Values

Returns a string containing the next line of the file with HTML and PHP code stripped, or false on error.


Example #1 SplFileObject::fgetss() example

= <<<EOD
<p>Welcome! Today is the <?php echo(date('jS')); ?> of <?= date('F'); ?>.</p>
Text outside of the HTML block.
file_put_contents("sample.php", $str);

$file = new SplFileObject("sample.php");
while (!
$file->eof()) {

The above example will output something similar to:

Welcome! Today is the  of .

Text outside of the HTML block.

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