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ucfirst — Makes the first character in a string uppercase.


string ucfirst(string);
string string:


String; FALSE on error


ucfirst() attempts to convert the first character in a string to uppercase.


The function works on the first character in a string - not the first letter character in a string. This means that a string like ' foiled by a leading space' will be unchanged due to the leading space.


This function is likely to give unexpected results with non-ASCII character sets. In cases like this, it's best to code your own replacement function. See ucwords() for a simple example that can easily be modified to fit this need.


PHP 3+, PHP 4+

See also

To convert the first character of each word in a string to uppercase:


To change the case of a string:




Example 1243. Basic use of ucfirst()

echo ucfirst("foo bar baz qux, I smell someone who codes with Tux.");

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