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get_class — Finds the class of the given object.


string get_class(obj);
object obj: Object for which you want to find the class name


Name of an object's class; FALSE if the variable passed is not an object


get_class() finds the class of which the given object is an instance. If the obj argument is not an instance of a class, the function returns FALSE.


PHP Version: 4.0b2+

See also

The other object functions.

To find the type of a variable:


To find out whether a variable is an object:



Example 102. Find the class from which an object is instantiated

class fruit {
    var $name;
    var $shape;
    var $color;

    function fruit ($name, $shape, $color) {
        $this->name  = $name;
        $this->shape = $shape;
        $this->color = $color;

$object = new fruit ('tomato', 'round', 'red');

$class = get_class ($object);

print "\$object is an instance of $class";

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