PHP preg_match_all() Function


Hello dear readers! welcome back to another section of our tutorial on PHP. In this tutorial guide, we will be discussing about the PHP preg_match_all() Function. 

PHP preg_match_all() function matches all the occurrences of pattern in a string.

It will place all these matches in the array pattern_array in the order you specify using the optional input parameter order. There are two possible types of order, they are -

  • PREG_PATTERN_ORDER - It is the default if the optional order parameter isn't added. The PREG_PATTERN_ORDER specifies the order in a way that you might think most logical; $pattern_array[0] is an array of all the complete pattern matches in the code, $pattern_array[1] is an array of all strings matching the first parenthesized regexp.
  • PREG_SET_ORDER - This is going to order the array a bit differently than the default setting. $pattern_array[0] is going to contain elements that are matched by the first parathesized regexp in your code, the $pattern_array[1] is going to contain elements that are matched by the next parenthesized regexp, etc.

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The following is the syntax for the preg_match_all() function -

string preg_match_all (string pattern,  string string,  array pattern_array [,  int order] );

Return Value

  • This returns the numbers of matchings.


Following is a simple example -

   $userinfo = "Name: <b>Bethel Prince</b> <br> Title: <b>PHP Guru</b>";
   preg_match_all ("/<b>(.*)<\/b>/U", $userinfo, $pat_array);
   print $pat_array[0][0]." <br> ".$pat_array[0][1]."\n";


When the above code is executed, it will produce the following result -

Bethel Prince 
PHP Guru

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Alright guys! This is where we are rounding up for this tutorial post. In our next tutorial guide, we are going to be discussing about the PHP preg_replace() Function.

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