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method_exists — Tests for the existence of a method within an object.


bool method_exists(obj, method_name);
object obj: Object to test for the existence of the given method
string method_name: Method name to test for existence in the given object


TRUE if the method exists in the given object; FALSE if obj is not an object or the method doesn't exist in the object


method_exists() tests for the existence of a given method within a given object. Returns TRUE if the method exists within the object. If the method doesn't exist within the object, or if the obj argument is not an object, returns FALSE.


PHP Version: 4.0b2+

See also

To find the member variables (and their values) for a class or an object:




Example 109. Test for the existence of a method within an object

class boolean_switch {
    function boolean_switch ($state = 0) {
        $this->switch = $switch;
    function on () {
        $this->switch = 1;
    function off () {
        $this->switch = 1;
    function flip () {
        $this->switch = ! $this->switch;
    function state () {
        return $this->switch;

$lamp_switch = new boolean_switch ('.');
$method = 'flip';

$qualifier = method_exists ($lamp_switch, $method) ? 'exists' : 'does not exist';

print "Method <i>$method</i> $qualifier in object <i>\$lamp_switch</i>.";

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