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array_unshift — Pushes the list of elements onto the given array.


int array_unshift(array, var[, . . .]);
array array: Array to modify
mixed var: Value to prepend to array
mixed . . . (optional): Further values to prepend to array


Number of elements in the revised array; NULL on failure


Prepends the new elements onto array in the order given as arguments. The first element in the argument list becomes the first element in the array. Returns the number of elements in the revised array. This function changes the original array.

Combined with array_pop() , this function can be used to make an array act in FIFO (first-in-first-out) fashion.



See also

See also array_pop() , array_push() , array_unshift()


Example 36. Push values onto the beginning of an array

$arr1 = array("one", "two", "three");
$rv = array_unshift($arr1, "four", "five");
echo "New array: ", implode(", ", $arr1);

New array: four, five, one, two, three

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