print

(PHP 3, PHP 4, PHP 5)

print -- Output a string

Description

int print ( string arg )

Outputs arg. Returns 1, always.

print() is not actually a real function (it is a language construct) so you are not required to use parentheses with its argument list.

Example 1. print() examples

<?php
print("Hello World");

print
"print() also works without parentheses.";

print
"This spans
multiple lines. The newlines will be
output as well"
;

print
"This spans\nmultiple lines. The newlines will be\noutput as well.";

print
"escaping characters is done \"Like this\".";

// You can use variables inside of a print statement
$foo = "foobar";
$bar = "barbaz";

print
"foo is $foo"; // foo is foobar

// You can also use arrays
$bar = array("value" => "foo");

print
"this is {$bar['value']} !"; // this is foo !

// Using single quotes will print the variable name, not the value
print 'foo is $foo'; // foo is $foo

// If you are not using any other characters, you can just print variables
print $foo;          // foobar

print <<<END
This uses the "here document" syntax to output
multiple lines with $variable interpolation. Note
that the here document terminator must appear on a
line with just a semicolon no extra whitespace!
END;
?>

For a short discussion about the differences between print() and echo(), see this FAQTs Knowledge Base Article: http://www.faqts.com/knowledge_base/view.phtml/aid/1/fid/40

Note: Because this is a language construct and not a function, it cannot be called using variable functions

See also echo(), printf(), and flush().


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