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How can I check if a value is already in an array?


If you wish to check whether a value is already stored in an array or not, then use the in_array function.

This is useful when you don't want any duplicates in the array and therefore only want to add a value if it's not already there. The first argument is the string you are testing for and the second is the array you are checking against.

Here is an example of in_array in action:

<?php
$values 
= array("banana","apple","pear","banana");
$newvalue "pear";
if (
in_array($newvalue,$values)) { echo "$newvalue is already in the array!"; }
?>


The most common mistake made with in_array is to pass the arguments in the wrong order to the function, so take care!

Comments on this Question/Answer

How to search any value in an array. I want to search the value is parent in an array or not.
By: Sunil, 26 Jun 2009 21:40:34



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