PHP 8.0.0 Beta 4 available for testing

Operadores de Comparação

Operadores de comparação, como os seus nomes implicam, permitem que você compare dois valores. Você pode se interessar em ver as tabelas de comparação de tipos, que tem exemplo das várias comparações entre tipos relacionadas.

Operadores de comparação
Exemplo Nome Resultado
$a == $b Igual Verdadeiro (TRUE) se $a é igual a $b.
$a === $b Idêntico Verdadeiro (TRUE) se $a é igual a $b, e eles são do mesmo tipo.
$a != $b Diferente Verdadeiro se $a não é igual a $b.
$a <> $b Diferente Verdadeiro se $a não é igual a $b.
$a !== $b Não idêntico Verdadeiro de $a não é igual a $b, ou eles não são do mesmo tipo (introduzido no PHP4).
$a < $b Menor que Verdadeiro se $a é estritamente menor que $b.
$a > $b Maior que Verdadeiro se $a é estritamente maior que $b.
$a <= $b Menor ou igual Verdadeiro se $a é menor ou igual a $b.
$a >= $b Maior ou igual Verdadeiro se $a é maior ou igual a $b.
$a <=> $b Spaceship (nave espacial) Um integer menor que, igual a ou maior que zero quando $a é, respectivamente, menor que, igual a ou maior que $b. Disponível a partir do PHP 7.

Se comparar um número com uma string ou com strings numéricas, cada string é convertido para um número e então a comparação é realizada numericamente. Essas regras também se aplicam a instrução switch. As conversões de tipo não são realizadas quando a comparação utilizada é === ou !== por esse tipo de comparação envolver valores e tipos.

<?php
var_dump
(== "a"); // 0 == 0 -> true
var_dump("1" == "01"); // 1 == 1 -> true
var_dump("10" == "1e1"); // 10 == 10 -> true
var_dump(100 == "1e2"); // 100 == 100 -> true

switch ("a") {
case 
0:
    echo 
"0";
    break;
case 
"a"// nunca é alcançado porque "a" já foi combinado com 0
    
echo "a";
    break;
}
?>
<?php
// Integers
echo <=> 1// 0
echo <=> 2// -1
echo <=> 1// 1

// Floats
echo 1.5 <=> 1.5// 0
echo 1.5 <=> 2.5// -1
echo 2.5 <=> 1.5// 1

// Strings
echo "a" <=> "a"// 0
echo "a" <=> "b"// -1
echo "b" <=> "a"// 1

echo "a" <=> "aa"// -1
echo "zz" <=> "aa"// 1

// Arrays
echo [] <=> []; // 0
echo [123] <=> [123]; // 0
echo [123] <=> []; // 1
echo [123] <=> [121]; // 1
echo [123] <=> [124]; // -1

// Objects
$a = (object) ["a" => "b"];
$b = (object) ["a" => "b"];
echo 
$a <=> $b// 0

$a = (object) ["a" => "b"];
$b = (object) ["a" => "c"];
echo 
$a <=> $b// -1

$a = (object) ["a" => "c"];
$b = (object) ["a" => "b"];
echo 
$a <=> $b// 1

// only values are compared
$a = (object) ["a" => "b"];
$b = (object) ["b" => "b"];
echo 
$a <=> $b// 1

?>

Para vários tipos, comparações são feitas de acordo com a seguinte tabela (em ordem).

Comparação com vários tipos
Tipo do 1º operando Tipo do 2º operando Resultado
null ou string string Converte NULL para "", numérico ou comparação léxica
bool or null qualquer Converte para bool, FALSE < TRUE
object object Classes nativas podem definir como são comparadas, classes diferentes são incomparáveis, mesma classe - compara propriedades igual faz arrays (PHP 4), PHP 5 tem sua explicação
string, resource ou number string, resource ou number Transforma strings e resources para números
array array Array com menos membros é menor, se a chave do operando 1 não é encontrada no operando 2, então os arrays são incomparáveis, caso contrário - compara valor por valor (veja o seguinte exemplo)
object qualquer object é sempre maior
array qualquer array é sempre maior

Exemplo #1 Comparações de boolean e null

<?php
// Bool e null são sempre comparados como booleanos
var_dump(== TRUE);  // TRUE - same as (bool)1 == TRUE
var_dump(== FALSE); // TRUE - same as (bool)0 == FALSE
var_dump(100 TRUE); // FALSE - same as (bool)100 < TRUE
var_dump(-10 FALSE);// FALSE - same as (bool)-10 < FALSE
var_dump(min(-100, -10NULL10100)); // NULL - (bool)NULL < (bool)-100 is FALSE < TRUE
?>

Exemplo #2 Transcrição do padrão de comparação de array

<?php
// Arrays são comparados assim quando utilizando-se os operadores padrão
function standard_array_compare($op1$op2)
{
    if (
count($op1) < count($op2)) {
        return -
1// $op1 < $op2
    
} elseif (count($op1) > count($op2)) {
        return 
1// $op1 > $op2
    
}
    foreach (
$op1 as $key => $val) {
        if (!
array_key_exists($key$op2)) {
            return 
null// uncomparable
        
} elseif ($val $op2[$key]) {
            return -
1;
        } elseif (
$val $op2[$key]) {
            return 
1;
        }
    }
    return 
0// $op1 == $op2
}
?>

Veja também strcasecmp(), strcmp(), operadores de array, e a seção do manual sobre Tipos.

Aviso

Comparison of floating point numbers

Por conta da forma que floats são representados internamente não se deve testar dois floats com o comparador de igualdade.

Veja a documentação de float para mais detalhes.

Operador Ternário

Outro operador condicional é o operador "?:" (ou ternário).

Exemplo #3 Atribuindo um valor padrão

<?php
// Example usage for: Ternary Operator
$action = (empty($_POST['action'])) ? 'default' $_POST['action'];

// The above is identical to this if/else statement
if (empty($_POST['action'])) {
    
$action 'default';
} else {
    
$action $_POST['action'];
}

?>
A expressão (expr1) ? (expr2) : (expr3) é avaliada para expr2 se expr1 é avaliada como TRUE, ou expr3 se expr1 é avaliada como FALSE.

Desde o PHP 5.3 é possível deixar vazia a parte central do operador ternário. A expressão expr1 ?: expr3 retorna expr1 se expr1 verdade TRUE e expr3 do contrário.

Nota: Note que o operador ternário é uma expressão, e ele não é avaliado para uma variável, mas para o resultado de uma expressão. Isto é importante saber se você quer retornar uma variável por referência. A declaração return $var == 42 ? $a : $b; em uma função que retorna por referência conseqüêntemente não irá funcionar e será avisado.

Nota:

É recomendado para evitar "stacking" de expressões ternárias. O comportamento do PHP quando usando mais de um operador ternário no único comando não é óbvio:

Exemplo #4 Comportamento não óbvio do ternário

<?php
// o seguinte aparenta imprimir 'true'
echo (true?'true':false?'t':'f');

// conteudo, a saída acima é 't'
// isto por causa da expressão ternário se avaliada da esquerda pra direita

// o seguinte é a versão mais óbvia do mesmo código acima
echo ((true 'true' 'false') ? 't' 'f');

// aqui, você pode ver que a primeira expressão é avaliada para 'true', que
// por sua vez avalia para (bool)true, assim retornando a parte true da
// segunda expressão ternária.
?>

Operador Null Coalescing

Existe ainda o operador "??" (ou null coalescing), disponível desde o PHP 7.

Exemplo #5 Atribuindo um valor padrão

<?php
// Exemplo do operador Null Coalesce
$action $_POST['action'] ?? 'default';

// O conteúdo acima é idêntico à essa declaração if/else
if (isset($_POST['action'])) {
    
$action $_POST['action'];
} else {
    
$action 'default';
}

?>
A expressão (expr1) ?? (expr2) é avaliada para expr2 se expr1 for NULL, e expr1 do contrário.

Esse operador em particular não emite aviso caso o valor da esquerda não exista, assim como isset(). Sendo especialmente útil em chaves de arrays.

Nota: Note que o operador null coalescing é uma expressão, e ele não é avaliado para uma variável, mas para o resultado de uma expressão. Isto é importante saber se você quer retornar uma variável por referência. A declaração return $foo ?? $bar; em uma função que retorna por referência conseqüêntemente não irá funcionar e será avisado.

Nota:

Note que o operador null coalescing permite a criação de aninhamentos simples:

Exemplo #6 Aninhando o operador null coalescing

<?php

$foo 
null;
$bar null;
$baz 1;
$qux 2;

echo 
$foo ?? $bar ?? $baz ?? $qux// exibe 1

?>

add a note add a note

User Contributed Notes 40 notes

up
131
crazy888s at hotmail dot com
10 years ago
I couldn't find much info on stacking the new ternary operator, so I ran some tests:

<?php
echo 0 ?: 1 ?: 2 ?: 3; //1
echo 1 ?: 0 ?: 3 ?: 2; //1
echo 2 ?: 1 ?: 0 ?: 3; //2
echo 3 ?: 2 ?: 1 ?: 0; //3

echo 0 ?: 1 ?: 2 ?: 3; //1
echo 0 ?: 0 ?: 2 ?: 3; //2
echo 0 ?: 0 ?: 0 ?: 3; //3
?>

It works just as expected, returning the first non-false value within a group of expressions.
up
76
arnaud at arnapou dot net
10 years ago
[Editor's note: consider using ===]

I discover after 10 years of PHP development something awfull : even if you make a string comparison (both are strings), strings are tested like integers and leading "space" character (even \n, \r, \t) is ignored ....

I spent hours because of leading \n in a string ... it hurts my developper sensibility to see two strings beeing compared like integers and not like strings ... I use strcmp now for string comparison ... so stupid ...

Test code :
<?php

test
("1234", "1234");
test("1234", " 1234");
test("1234", "\n1234");
test("1234", "1234 ");
test("1234", "1234\n");

function
test($v1, $v2) {
    echo
"<h1>[".show_cr($v1)."] vs [".show_cr($v2)."]</h1>";
    echo
my_var_dump($v1)."<br />";
    echo
my_var_dump($v2)."<br />";
    if(
$v1 == $v2) {
        echo
"EQUAL !";
    }
    else {
        echo
"DIFFERENT !";
    }
}

function
show_cr($var) {
    return
str_replace("\n", "\\n", $var);
}

function
my_var_dump($var) {
   
ob_start();
   
var_dump($var);
   
$dump = show_cr(trim(ob_get_contents()));
   
ob_end_clean();
    return
$dump;
}

?>

Displays this ->

[1234] vs [1234]
string(4) "1234"
string(4) "1234"
EQUAL !

[1234] vs [ 1234]
string(4) "1234"
string(5) " 1234"
EQUAL !

[1234] vs [\n1234]
string(4) "1234"
string(5) "\n1234"
EQUAL !

[1234] vs [1234 ]
string(4) "1234"
string(5) "1234 "
DIFFERENT !

[1234] vs [1234\n]
string(4) "1234"
string(5) "1234\n"
DIFFERENT !
up
38
jwhiting at hampshire dot edu
16 years ago
note: the behavior below is documented in the appendix K about type comparisons, but since it is somewhat buried i thought i should raise it here for people since it threw me for a loop until i figured it out completely.

just to clarify a tricky point about the == comparison operator when dealing with strings and numbers:

('some string' == 0) returns TRUE

however, ('123' == 0) returns FALSE

also note that ((int) 'some string') returns 0

and ((int) '123') returns 123

the behavior makes senes but you must be careful when comparing strings to numbers, e.g. when you're comparing a request variable which you expect to be numeric. its easy to fall into the trap of:

if ($_GET['myvar']==0) dosomething();

as this will dosomething() even when $_GET['myvar'] is 'some string' and clearly not the value 0

i was getting lazy with my types since php vars are so flexible, so be warned to pay attention to the details...
up
45
Harry Willis
6 years ago
I was interested about the following two uses of the ternary operator (PHP >= 5.3) for using a "default" value if a variable is not set or evaluates to false:

<?php
(isset($some_variable) && $some_variable) ? $some_variable : 'default_value';

$some_variable ?: 'default_value';
?>

The second is more readable, but will throw an ERR_NOTICE is $some_variable is not set. Of course, this could be overcome by suppressing the notice using the @ operator.

Performance-wise, though, comparing 1 million iterations of the three statements

  (isset($foo) && $foo) ? $foo : ''
  ($foo) ?: ''
  (@$foo) ?: ''

results in the following:

  $foo is NOT SET.
    [isset] 0.18222403526306
    [?:]    0.57496404647827
    [@ ?:]  0.64780592918396
  $foo is NULL.
    [isset] 0.17995285987854
    [?:]    0.15304207801819
    [@ ?:]  0.20394206047058
  $foo is FALSE.
    [isset] 0.19388508796692
    [?:]    0.15359902381897
    [@ ?:]  0.20741701126099
  $foo is TRUE.
    [isset] 0.17265486717224
    [?:]    0.11773896217346
    [@ ?:]  0.16193103790283

In other words, using the long-form ternary operator with isset($some_variable) is preferable overall if $some_variable may not be set.

(error_reporting was set to zero for the benchmark, to avoid printing a million notices...)
up
31
thomas dot oldbury at tgohome dot com
13 years ago
Be careful when using the ternary operator!

The following will not evaluate to the expected result:

<?php
echo "a string that has a " . (true) ? 'true' : 'false' . " condition in. ";
?>

Will print true.

Instead, use this:

<?php
echo "a string that has a " . ((true) ? 'true' : 'false') . " condition in. ";
?>

This will evaluate to the expected result: "a string that has a true condition in. "

I hope this helps.
up
32
mail at mkharitonov dot net
6 years ago
Be careful with the "==" operator when both operands are strings:
<?php
var_dump
('123' == '       123'); // true
var_dump('1e3' == '1000'); // true
var_dump('+74951112233' == '74951112233'); // true
var_dump('00000020' == '0000000000000000020'); // true
var_dump('0X1D' == '29E0'); // true
var_dump('0xafebac' == '11529132'); // true
var_dump('0xafebac' == '0XAFEBAC'); // true
var_dump('0xeb' == '+235e-0'); // true
var_dump('0.235' == '+.235'); // true
var_dump('0.2e-10' == '2.0E-11'); // true
var_dump('61529519452809720693702583126814' == '61529519452809720000000000000000'); // true in php < 5.4.4
up
42
Anonymous
15 years ago
The following contrasts the trinary operator associativity in PHP and Java.  The first test would work as expected in Java (evaluates left-to-right, associates right-to-left, like if stmnt), the second in PHP (evaluates and associates left-to-right)

<?php

echo "\n\n######----------- trinary operator associativity\n\n";

function
trinaryTest($foo){

   
$bar    = $foo > 20
           
? "greater than 20"
           
: $foo > 10
               
? "greater than 10"
               
: $foo > 5
                   
? "greater than 5"
                   
: "not worthy of consideration";   
    echo
$foo." =>  ".$bar."\n";
}

echo
"----trinaryTest\n\n";
trinaryTest(21);
trinaryTest(11);
trinaryTest(6);
trinaryTest(4);

function
trinaryTestParens($foo){
   
   
$bar    = $foo > 20
           
? "greater than 20"
           
: ($foo > 10
               
? "greater than 10"
               
: ($foo > 5
                   
? "greater than 5"
                   
: "not worthy of consideration"));   
    echo
$foo." =>  ".$bar."\n";
}

echo
"----trinaryTestParens\n\n";
trinaryTestParens(21);
trinaryTestParens(11);
trinaryTest(6);
trinaryTestParens(4);

?>

Output:

######----------- trinary operator associativity

----trinaryTest

21 =>  greater than 5
11 =>  greater than 5
6 =>  greater than 5
4 =>  not worthy of consideration

----trinaryTestParens

21 =>  greater than 20
11 =>  greater than 10
6 =>  greater than 5
4 =>  not worthy of consideration
up
18
hiroh2k at yahoo dot com
15 years ago
if you want to use the ?: operator, you should be careful with the precedence.

Here's an example of the priority of operators:

<?php
echo 'Hello, ' . isset($i) ? 'my friend: ' . $username . ', how are you doing?' : 'my guest, ' . $guestusername . ', please register';
?>

This make "'Hello, ' . isset($i)" the sentence to evaluate. So, if you think to mix more sentences with the ?: operator, please use always parentheses to force the proper evaluation of the sentence.

<?php
echo 'Hello, ' . (isset($i) ? 'my friend: ' . $username . ', how are you doing?' : 'my guest, ' . $guestusername . ', please register');
?>

for general rule, if you mix ?: with other sentences, always close it with parentheses.
up
8
G
3 years ago
Do note, using the ternary operator shorthand (since 5.3), omitting the 2nd expression the first expression will only be called once.

Before 5.3 (or not using the shorthand)
<?php
$val
= f('x') ? f('x') : false;
// f('x') will be run twice
?>

After 5.3
<?php
$val
= f('x') ?: false;
// f('x') will be run once
?>
up
15
Jeremy Swinborne
8 years ago
Beware of the consequences of comparing strings to numbers.  You can disprove the laws of the universe.

echo ('X' == 0 && 'X' == true && 0 == false) ? 'true == false' : 'sanity prevails';

This will output 'true == false'.  This stems from the use of the UNIX function strtod() to convert strings to numbers before comparing.  Since 'X' or any other string without a number in it converts to 0 when compared to a number, 0 == 0 && 'X' == true && 0 == false
up
15
jeronimo at DELETE_THIS dot transartmedia dot com
16 years ago
For converted Perl programmers: use strict comparison operators (===, !==) in place of string comparison operators (eq, ne). Don't use the simple equality operators (==, !=), because ($a == $b) will return TRUE in many situations where ($a eq $b) would return FALSE.

For instance...
"mary" == "fred" is FALSE, but
"+010" == "10.0" is TRUE (!)

In the following examples, none of the strings being compared are identical, but because PHP *can* evaluate them as numbers, it does so, and therefore finds them equal...

<?php

echo ("007" == "7" ? "EQUAL" : "not equal");
// Prints: EQUAL

// Surrounding the strings with single quotes (') instead of double
// quotes (") to ensure the contents aren't evaluated, and forcing
// string types has no effect.
echo ( (string)'0001' == (string)'+1.' ? "EQUAL" : "not equal");
// Prints: EQUAL

// Including non-digit characters (like leading spaces, "e", the plus
// or minus sign, period, ...) can still result in this behavior, if
// a string happens to be valid scientific notation.
echo ('  131e-2' == '001.3100' ? "EQUAL" : "not equal");
// Prints: EQUAL

?>

If you're comparing passwords (or anything else for which "near" precision isn't good enough) this confusion could be detrimental. Stick with strict comparisons...

<?php

// Same examples as above, using === instead of ==

echo ("007" === "7" ? "EQUAL" : "not equal");
// Prints: not equal

echo ( (string)'0001' === (string)'+1.' ? "EQUAL" : "not equal");
// Prints: not equal

echo ('  131e-2' === '001.3100' ? "EQUAL" : "not equal");
// Prints: not equal

?>
up
15
kapoor_rajiv at hotmail dot com
10 years ago
A quick way to do mysql bit comparison in php is to use the special character it stores . e.g
<?php
                                       
if ($AvailableRequests['OngoingService'] == '')
                                            echo
'<td>Yes</td>';
                                        else
                                            echo
'<td>No</td>';

?>
up
20
adam at caucho dot com
14 years ago
Note: according to the spec, PHP's comparison operators are not transitive.  For example, the following are all true in PHP5:

"11" < "a" < 2 < "11"

As a result, the outcome of sorting an array depends on the order the elements appear in the pre-sort array.  The following code will dump out two arrays with *different* orderings:

<?php
$a
= array(2,    "a""11", 2);
$b = array(2,    "11", "a"2);
sort($a);
var_dump($a);
sort($b);
var_dump($b);
?>

This is not a bug report -- given the spec on this documentation page, what PHP does is "correct".  But that may not be what was intended...
up
18
rshawiii at yahoo dot com
14 years ago
You can't just compare two arrays with the === operator
like you would think to find out if they are equal or not.  This is more complicated when you have multi-dimensional arrays.  Here is a recursive comparison function.

<?php
/**
* Compares two arrays to see if they contain the same values.  Returns TRUE or FALSE.
* usefull for determining if a record or block of data was modified (perhaps by user input)
* prior to setting a "date_last_updated" or skipping updating the db in the case of no change.
*
* @param array $a1
* @param array $a2
* @return boolean
*/
function array_compare_recursive($a1, $a2)
{
   if (!(
is_array($a1) and (is_array($a2)))) { return FALSE;}   
   
   if (!
count($a1) == count($a2))
      {
       return
FALSE; // arrays don't have same number of entries
     
}
     
   foreach (
$a1 as $key => $val)
   {
       if (!
array_key_exists($key, $a2))
           {return
FALSE; // uncomparable array keys don't match
             
}
       elseif (
is_array($val) and is_array($a2[$key]))  // if both entries are arrays then compare recursive
          
{if (!array_compare_recursive($val,$a2[$key])) return FALSE;
           }
       elseif (!(
$val === $a2[$key])) // compare entries must be of same type.
          
{return FALSE;
           }
   }
   return
TRUE; // $a1 === $a2
}
?>
up
16
Alex
14 years ago
I think everybody should read carefully what "jeronimo at DELETE_THIS dot transartmedia dot com" wrote. It's a great pitfall even for seasoned programmers and should be looked upon with a great attention.
For example, comparing passwords with == may result in a very large security hole.

I would add some more to it:

The workaround is to use strcmp() or ===.

Note on ===:

While the php documentation says that, basically,
($a===$b)  is the same as  ($a==$b && gettype($a) == gettype($b)),
this is not true.

The difference between == and === is that === never does any type conversion. So, while, according to documentation, ("+0.1" === ".1") should return true (because both are strings and == returns true), === actually returns false (which is good).
up
16
gondo
6 years ago
beware of the fact, that there is no `<==` nor `>==` therefore `false <= 0` will be `true`. php v. 5.4.27
up
4
prezire at gmail dot com
4 years ago
Take note when grouping ternary operations that return either boolean or integer concatenated to a string:
<?php
 
echo 'hello ' . true ? 1 : 0, //Outputs 1
      
'hello ' . (true ? 1 : 0); //Outputs hello 1
?>
up
13
bishop
13 years ago
When you want to know if two arrays contain the same values, regardless of the values' order, you cannot use "==" or "===".  In other words:

<?php
(array(1,2) == array(2,1)) === false;
?>

To answer that question, use:

<?php
function array_equal($a, $b) {
    return (
is_array($a) && is_array($b) && array_diff($a, $b) === array_diff($b, $a));
}
?>

A related, but more strict problem, is if you need to ensure that two arrays contain the same key=>value pairs, regardless of the order of the pairs.  In that case, use:

<?php
function array_identical($a, $b) {
    return (
is_array($a) && is_array($b) && array_diff_assoc($a, $b) === array_diff_assoc($b, $a));
}
?>

Example:
<?php
$a
= array (2, 1);
$b = array (1, 2);
// true === array_equal($a, $b);
// false === array_identical($a, $b);

$a = array ('a' => 2, 'b' => 1);
$b = array ('b' => 1, 'a' => 2);
// true === array_identical($a, $b)
// true === array_equal($a, $b)
?>

(See also the solution "rshawiii at yahoo dot com" posted)
up
13
Cuong Huy To
9 years ago
In the table "Comparison with Various Types", please move the last line about "Object" to be above the line about "Array", since Object is considered to be greater than Array (tested on 5.3.3)

(Please remove my "Anonymous" post of the same content before. You could check IP to see that I forgot to type my name)
up
16
stepheneliotdewey at gmail [period] com
13 years ago
Note that typecasting will NOT prevent the default behavior for converting two numeric strings to numbers when comparing them.

e.g.:

<?php
if ((string) '0123' == (string) '123')
    print
'equals';
else
    print
'doesn\'t equal';
?>

Still prints 'equals'

As far as I can tell the only way to avoid this is to use the identity comparison operators (=== and !==).
up
4
niall at maranelda dot org
2 years ago
Care must be taken when using the spaceship operator with arrays that do not have the same keys:

- Contrary to the notes above ("Example #2 Transcription of standard array comparison"), it does *not* return null if the left-hand array contains a key that the right-hand array does not.
- Because of this, the result depends on the order you do the comparison in.

For example:

<?php
$a
= ['a' => 1, 'b' => 2, 'c' => 3, 'e' => 4];
$b = ['a' => 1, 'b' => 2, 'd' => 3, 'e' => 4];

var_dump($a <=> $b);        // int(1) : $a > $b because $a has the 'c' key and $b doesn't.

var_dump($b <=> $a);        // int(1) : $b > $a because $b has the 'd' key and $a doesn't.
?>
up
2
azz
10 months ago
Keep in mind that ?: operator is NOT fully equal to empty()

?: can't check non-existent array index (as describe here https://www.php.net/manual/ru/language.operators.comparison.php#92685) and vars

Check this:

<?php
ini_set
('error_reporting', E_ALL);

$t = [];

var_dump(!isset($t['z']) || $t['z'] == FALSE); // true, this that empty() do
var_dump(empty($t['z'])); // true
var_dump(isset($t['z'])); // false

$v1 = $t['z'] ?: false; // Notice:  Undefined index: z
$v2 = $t['z'] ?? false; // silent!

var_dump($v1); // false
var_dump($v2); // false

var_dump(!isset($non_existent_var) || $non_existent_var == FALSE); // true, this that empty() do
var_dump(empty($non_existent_var)); // true
var_dump(isset($non_existent_var)); // false

$v1 = $non_existent_var ?: false; // Notice:  Undefined variable: non_existent_var
$v2 = $non_existent_var ?? false; // silent!

var_dump($v1); // false
var_dump($v2); // false
up
10
alan dot g at nospam dot net
10 years ago
a function to help settings default values, it returns its own first non-empty argument :

make your own eor combos !

<?php

/*
* Either Or
*
* usage:  $foo = eor(test1(),test2(),"default");
* usage:  $foo = eor($_GET['foo'], foogen(), $foo, "bar");
*/

function eor() {
   
$vars = func_get_args();
     while (!empty(
$vars) && empty($defval))   
        
$defval = array_shift($vars);         
     return
$defval;
}



?>
up
13
Anonymous
11 years ago
Note: The ternary shortcut currently seems to be of no use in dealing with unexisting keys in an array, as PHP will throw an error. Take the following example.

<?php
$_POST
['Unexisting'] = $_POST['Unexisting'] ?: false;
?>

PHP will throw an error that the "Unexisting" key does not exist. The @ operator does not work here to suppress this error.
up
7
Mark Simon
9 years ago
The use of 5.3’s shortened ternary operator allows PHP to coalesce a null or empty value to an alternative:

$value = $planA ?: $planB;

My own server doesn’t yet run 5.3. A nice alternative is to use the “or” operator:

$value = $planA or $value = planB;
up
13
fernandoleal at dragoncs dot com
13 years ago
If you need nested ifs on I var its important to group the if so it works.
Example:
<?php
//Dont Works
//Parse error: parse error, unexpected ':'
$var='<option value="1" '.$status == "1" ? 'selected="selected"' :''.'>Value 1</option>';
//Works:
$var='<option value="1" '.($status == "1" ? 'selected="selected"' :'').'>Value 1</option>';

echo
$var;
?>
up
10
Hayley Watson
13 years ago
Note that the "ternary operator" is better described as the "conditional operator". The former name merely notes that it has three arguments without saying anything about what it does. Needless to say, if PHP picked up any more ternary operators, this will be a problem.

"Conditional Operator" is actually descriptive of the semantics, and is the name historically given to it in, e.g., C.
up
10
bimal at sanjaal dot com
7 years ago
I came across peculiar outputs while I was attempting to debug a script

<?php
# Setup platform (pre conditions somewhere in a loop)
$index=1;
$tally = array();

# May work with warnings that $tally[$index] is not initialized
# Notice: Undefined offset: 1 in D:\htdocs\colors\ColorCompare\i.php on line #__
# It is an old fashioned way.
# $tally[$index] = $tally[$index] + 1;

# Does not work: Loops to attempt to change $index and values are aways unaffected
$tally[$index] = isset($tally[$index])?$tally[$index]:0+1;
$tally[$index] = isset($tally[$index])?$tally[$index]:0+1;
$tally[$index] = isset($tally[$index])?$tally[$index]:0+1;
/*
# These three lines output:
Array
(
    [1] => 1
)
*/

# Works: This is what I need/expect
# $tally[$index] = 1+(isset($tally[$index])?$tally[$index]:0);

print_r($tally);
?>

The second block obviously does not work what one expects.
Third part is good.
up
4
Marcin Kuzawiski
5 years ago
A < B and still B < A...

$A = [1 => 1, 2 => 0, 3 => 1];
$B = [1 => 1, 3 => 0, 2 => 1];

var_dump($A < $B);  // TRUE
var_dump($B < $A);  // TRUE

var_dump($A > $B);  // TRUE
var_dump($B > $A);  // TRUE

Next - C and D are comparable, but neither C < D nor D < C (and still C != D)...

$C = [1 => 1, 2 => 1, 3 => 0];
$D = [1 => 1, 3 => 1, 2 => 0];

var_dump($C < $D); // FALSE
var_dump($D < $C); // FALSE

var_dump($C > $D); // FALSE
var_dump($D > $C); // FALSE

var_dump($D == $C); // FALSE
up
9
user@example
16 years ago
With Nested ternary Operators you have to set the logical  parentheses to get the correct result.

<?php
$test
=true;
$test2=true;

(
$test) ? "TEST1 true" :  ($test2) ? "TEST2 true" : "false";
?>
This will output: TEST2 true;

correct:

<?php
$test
=true;
$test2=true;

(
$test) ? "TEST1 true" : (($test2) ? "TEST2 true" : "false");
?>

Anyway don't nest them to much....!!
up
2
Romain
2 years ago
?? vs isset() with __isset() and __get()

<?php

class A
{
    public function
__get($id)
    {
        return
'a value';
    }
}

class
B
{
    public function
__isset($id)
    {
        return
false;
    }
   
    public function
__get($id)
    {
        return
'a value';
    }
}

class
c
{
    protected
$test = "a value";
   
    public function
__isset($id)
    {
        return
true;
    }
}

$a = new A();
$b = new B();
$c = new C();

echo isset(
$a->test) ? $a->test : 'nothing'; // "nothing"
echo $a->test ?? 'nothing'; // "a value", isset() is not called!

echo isset($b->test) ? $b->test : 'nothing'; // "nothing"
echo $b->test ?? 'nothing'; // "nothing", __isset() is called

echo isset($c->test) ? $c->test : 'nothing'; // throw an Exception
echo $c->test ?? 'nothing'; // "nothing"

?>
up
5
j-a-n at gmx dot de
8 years ago
Please be careful when comparing strings with floats, especally when you are using the , as decimal.

<?php
var_dump
($alt);
var_dump($neu);
var_dump($alt == $neu);
?>

string(9) "590217,73"
float(590217,73)
bool(false)

not the float is cast to a string and then string-compared, but the string is cast to a float and then float-compared.

to compare as strings use strval!

<?php
var_dump
(strval($alt));
var_dump(strval($neu));
var_dump(strval($alt) == strval($neu));
?>

string(9) "590217,73"
string(9) "590217,73"
bool(true)
up
6
zak at minion dot net
9 years ago
be careful when trying to concatenate the result of a ternary operator to a string

<?php
print '<div>'.(FALSE) ? 'TRUE [bad ternary]' : 'FALSE [bad ternary]';
print
'<br><br>';
print
'<div>'.((FALSE) ? 'TRUE [good ternary]' : 'FALSE [good ternary]');
?>

yields:

TRUE [bad ternary]

FALSE [good ternary]

this is because the ternary evaluates '<div>'.(FALSE) not (FALSE) - so the end result is TRUE
up
5
taras dot bogach at gmail dot com
10 years ago
Boolean switch usege

<?php
class User_Exception extends Exception{}
class
User{
  public function
register($login,$pass,$passCheck)
    switch(
false){
      case(
strlen($pass) >= 5):
        throw new
User_Exception("Password must be at last 5 chars length");
      case(
$pass == $passCheck):
        throw new
User_Exception("Password is not confirmed!");
      case(
strlen($login) >= 5):
        throw new
User_Exception("Login must be at last 5 chars length");
     
//Do other checks
     
default:
       
//Do registration
       
return true;
    }
  }
 
//...
}
?>
up
3
damien dot launay dot mail at gmail dot com
7 years ago
I found a nice way to use of new "?:" operator:

$a = array();
$a['foo'] = 'oof';

$b = @ ($a['foo'] ?: 'No foo');
$c = @ ($a['bar'] ?: 'No bar');

var_dump($b, $c);

Output:

string(3) "oof"
string(6) "No bar"

No error is thrown and $c is set with correct value.

Benefit: no need to use isset.
up
1
sgurukrupa at gmail dot com
6 years ago
With respect to using the ternary operator as a 'null-coalescing' operator: expr1 ?: expr2, note that expr1 is evaluated only once.
up
3
mail at markuszeller dot com
10 years ago
I prefer writing (!$a == 'hello') much more than ($a != 'hello'), but I wondered about the performance.

So I did a benchmark:
<?php
for($bench = 0; $bench < 3; $bench++)
{
   
$start = microtime(true);
   
$a = 1;
    for(
$i = 0; $i < 100000000; $i++)
  {
        if(!
$a == 'hello') $b++;
    }
   
$end = microtime(true);
    echo
"Used time: " . ($end-$start) . "\n";
}
?>
and it results with

# if($a != 'hello')
Used time: 12.552895069122
Used time: 12.548940896988
Used time: 12.470285177231

# if(!$a == 'hello')
Used time: 7.6532161235809
Used time: 7.6426539421082
Used time: 7.6452689170837
up
1
halfhearted13 at gmail dot com
1 month ago
Both Null Coalescing ( ?? ) and Ternary ( ? : ) can work at a time.

<?php

$a
= "user name";
echo
$a = null ?? $a ? "sb" : "not found"; // it prints : sb
//as null coalescing has null on left it goes to 2nd expr $a. $a is defined so //output will be the 1st expr of Ternay operator.
?>

<?php

echo $x = "" ?? "" ? : "not found"; // it prints:  not found.
// null coalescing has empty value of its left. so it prints right expr which is //also empty. so the output will be the 2nd expr of ternary(written in short)

?>

<?php
echo $x = "" ?? "" ?? "" ? : false// prints nothing.
// if you add var_dump() you see bool(false)
?>
up
0
Sumon Mahmud
7 months ago
Extending from here: https://www.php.net/manual/en/language.operators.comparison.php#121907

$a = ['a' => 1, 'b' => 2, 'c' => 3, 'e' => 4];
$b = ['a' => 1, 'b' => 2, 'd' => 3, 'e' => 4];

echo $a > $b; // 0
echo $b > $a; // 0
echo $a <$b; // 0
echo $b < $a; // 0

If using spaceship operator then it is returning true like :

echo $a <=> $b; //1
echo $b <=> $a; //1
echo $a <=> $b; //1
echo $b <=> $a; //1
up
0
Ryan Mott
1 year ago
Searching for "double question mark" operator should find this page (and hopefully after this comment the crawlers will agree)
To Top