Navigation tips&tricks

When using the website, there is even no need to get to a search box to access the content you would like to see quickly. You can use short URLs to access pages directly.

Note, that these shortcuts are expected to work on all mirror sites, not just at the main site. If you find that some of these shortcuts are not working on your mirror site, please report them as a " Website Problem" at

There are currently three types of URLs you can use this way.

Page shortcuts

If you write in a URL (e.g., first this URL is matched against the pages. If there is a page named get-involved.php, then you'll get that page immediately. This type of shortcut makes easy to type in a link in an IRC conversation or mailing list message. If the script finds no page with this name, it tries to find a manual page.

Manual shortcuts

If your URL can't be matched with a page name, a manual page is searched for your query. This is the case for the URL. The following pages are searched for in the manual:

Since there are several manual pages that could potentially match the query (extension, class, function name..) you are encouraged to use their prefix/suffix:

This kind of URL will bring up the manual page in your preferred language. You can always override this setting by explicitly providing the language you want to get to. You can embed the language in the URL before the manual search term. will bring up the French manual page for sort() for example.

Search shortcuts

At last, if there is no PHP page, and there is no manual page matching your query, a search is issued on the site with the query you typed into the URL. An example of this kind of URL is The exact behaviour of this search is affected by your own My settings.

PHP Developer shortcuts

Even smarter tricks

We also have shortcut aliases to access some resources more quickly, and with a nice URL. Aliases are translated to their relevant shortcuts before the first step (PHP page search) mentioned above. Some examples of shortcut aliases:, The latter is an external page alias, as it points to a file on the Git server, containing information about changes in PHP. There are also some convenient aliases(e.g. which displays the German manual page for the phpversion() function.

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