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php – Multiple explode characters with comma and – (hyphen)

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I want to explode a string for all:

  1. whitespaces (\n \t etc)
  2. comma
  3. hyphen (small dash). Like this >> –

But this does not work:

$keywords = explode("\n\t\r\a,-", "my string");

How to do that?

How to&Answers:

Explode can’t do that. There is a nice function called preg_split for that. Do it like this:

$keywords = preg_split("/[\s,-]+/", "This-sign, is why we can't have nice things");

This outputs:

  0 => string 'This' (length=4)
  1 => string 'sign' (length=4)
  2 => string 'is' (length=2)
  3 => string 'why' (length=3)
  4 => string 'we' (length=2)
  5 => string 'can't' (length=5)
  6 => string 'have' (length=4)
  7 => string 'nice' (length=4)
  8 => string 'things' (length=6)

BTW, do not use split, it is deprecated.


… or if you don’t like regexes and you still want to explode stuff, you could replace multiple characters with just one character before your explosion:

$keywords = explode("-", str_replace(array("\n", "\t", "\r", "\a", ",", "-"), "-", 
  "my string\nIt contains text.\rAnd several\ntypes of new-lines.\tAnd tabs."));

This blows into:

array(6) {
  string(9) "my string"
  string(17) "It contains text."
  string(11) "And several"
  string(12) "types of new"
  string(6) "lines."
  string(9) "And tabs."