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arsort — Sorts the given array in descending order by element value.


bool arsort(array[, . . .]);
array array: Array to be sorted
int . . . (optional): Flag specifying how to compare element values (PHP 4.0.0+ only)


TRUE on success; FALSE on error


Sorts the elements of the array given by array in descending order by element value while maintaining the key/value associations. This function differs from rsort() in that it works with both associative and indexed arrays.

This function operates directly on the passed array.

After calling arsort() , the internal array pointer is on the first element of array .

(PHP 4.0.0+ only) The way in which element values are compared can be modified by passing one of the following named constants as flag :

  • SORT_REGULAR: Compare element values according to PHP's normal comparison rules. This is the default if flag is not given.

  • SORT_NUMERIC: Compare element values according to their numeric values.

  • SORT_STRING: Compare element values according to their string values.


PHP 3, PHP 4


Example 39. Sort an array in reverse order by value

echo "Unsorted:\n";
$my_array = array("x" => "c", "z" => "a", "y" => "d", "w" => "b");
echo "Unsorted:\n";
while (list($key, $val) = each($my_array)) {
   echo "Key: $key Val: $val\n"; 
echo "Sorted:\n";
while (list($key, $val) = each($my_array)) {
   echo "Key: $key -- Val: $val\n"; 

Key: x -- Val: c
Key: z -- Val: a
Key: y -- Val: d
Key: w -- Val: b
Key: y -- Val: d
Key: x -- Val: c
Key: w -- Val: b
Key: z -- Val: a

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