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php – how to user nl2br function with htmlspecialchars in phpmysql

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


How to insert nl2br function with htmlspecialchars? I have a site where input is taken from textarea and nl2br is used to convert next line to a paragraph. When I tried with htmlspecialchars I got the below output. Here I wrote three ‘test’ words in textarea and saved in database. I am using htmlspecialchars to prevent html injections but because of this function nl2br function is not working. Can you tell be how to work around this problem?

How to&Answers:

yo do:


you need:



Call nl2br after you call htmlspecialchars:

echo nl2br(htmlspecialchars($the_text));


It’s about using the right order,

htmlspecialchars(nl2br($string)); will produce the result you describe.
nl2br(htmlspecialchars($string)); will produce the result you wish.



Inserts HTML line breaks before all newlines in a string


Convert special characters to HTML entities

$text = "Hello \n World";
$unexpected_result = htmlspecialchars(nl2br($text)); // => "Hello &lt;br /&gt; World"
$expected_result   = nl2br(htmlspecialchars($text)); // => "Hello <br/> World"

… That’s why we need to use use htmlspecialchars before nl2br