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preg_grep — Returns the elements of the input array that match the specified pattern.


array preg_grep(pattern, strings);
string pattern: Perl regex pattern to match
array strings: Array of strings to search


Array of elements matched


This function traverses the input array, testing all elements against the supplied pattern. If a match is found, the matching element is returned as part of the array containing all matches.

Since PHP version 4.0.4, the elements in the result array are indexed by the keys they were associated with in the input array. That is, if the element with key 23 in the input array matches, it will be accessible as $outputarray[23]. If this behavior is not desirable, the result array can be run through the array_values() function to re-index it with sequential numeric indexes.


Existing since version 3.0.9


Example 1127. Search through array for matching elements

// Get all the names starting with letters A-M
$names = array('John', 'Patricia', 'Amy', 'Emilio', 'Tom', 'Wendel');
$result = preg_grep('!^[a-m]!i', $names);
// $result will contain 'John', 'Amy', 'Emilio'

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