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Get the type of a variable


gettype

(PHP 4, PHP 5)

gettypeGet the type of a variable

Description

string gettype ( mixed $var )

Returns the type of the PHP variable var.

Warning

Never use gettype() to test for a certain type, since the returned string may be subject to change in a future version. In addition, it is slow too, as it involves string comparison.

Instead, use the is_* functions.

Parameters

var

The variable being type checked.

Return Values

Possibles values for the returned string are:

Examples

Example #1 gettype() example

<?php

$data 
= array(11.NULL, new stdClass'foo');

foreach (
$data as $value) {
    echo 
gettype($value), "\n";
}

?>

The above example will output something similar to:

integer
double
NULL
object
string

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