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unserialize — Converts serialized data back into a typed PHP value.


mixed unserialize(serialized_value);
string serialized_value: String to unserialize


Value represented by the serialized string; FALSE if the given argument is not a serialized value


unserialize() converts a single string of serialized data back into the value that it represents. See the serialize() function for more information on how variables are serialized. If the serialized_value argument is not a string or is an invalid format for serialized data, the function returns FALSE.


PHP Version: 3.0.5+, 4+

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Example 1409. Basic use of unserialize()

// Serialize an array
$serialized_data = serialize (array ('uno', 'dos', 'tres'));

// Show what the serialized data looks like
print $serialized_data . "\n\n";

// Unserialize the data
$var = unserialize ($serialized_data);

// Show what the unserialized data looks like.
var_dump ($var);

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