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quotemeta — Escapes meta characters within a string.


string quotemeta(string);
string string:




quotemeta() escapes any meta characters within a string with a single leading backslash. The function considers the following characters to be meta characters:

  • asterisk (*)

  • backslash (\)

  • brackets ([])

  • caret (^)

  • dollar sign ($)

  • parenthesis (())

  • period (.)

  • plus sign (+)

  • question mark (?)

This function is useful for escaping characters that may have special meaning in contexts such as SQL query strings or regular expressions.


PHP 3+, PHP 4+

See also

Other functions that escape meta characters with a backslash:




To strip backslashes from a string:



Example 1215. Escape a string

$data = 'The widget costs $100.00 CA ($75.00 USD).';
echo quotemeta($data);

Output:The widget costs \$100\.00 CA \(\$75\.00 USD\)\.

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