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split — Splits the subject string along the boundaries defined by the specified POSIX regular expression pattern.


array split(pattern, subject[, limit]);
string pattern: Regex pattern to split by
string subject: Input string to split
int limit (optional): Limits the number of results


Array containing the results of splitting; FALSE if an error occurs


This function splits the given subject string into substrings on the boundaries matching the specified pattern . The optional parameter limit specifies how many pieces to return; if-1 or omitted, all pieces are returned. Otherwise, exactly limit pieces are returned, with the last piece containing the remainder of the subject string that was not split.

If the string needs to be split by a static string, explode() is faster.


It's generally a good idea to use single quotation marks when specifying regular expressions in order to avoid unintentional interpolation of characters such as '$' and '\'.

See also

See also explode() , preg_split()


Example 1126. Normalize user input

$input = array("212.555.1212", "1-800-555-1212");
foreach ($input as $number) {
   $result = split('[.-]', $number);
   if (count($result) > 3)
      $result = array_slice($result, -3);
   echo implode('-', $result)."\n";
This example produces the following result:

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