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Converting an integer to a string in PHP


Question

Is there a way to convert an integer to a string in PHP?

2019/06/24
1
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6/24/2019 9:41:28 PM

Accepted Answer

You can use the strval() function to convert a number to a string.

From a maintenance perspective its obvious what you are trying to do rather than some of the other more esoteric answers. Of course, it depends on your context.

$var = 5;

// Inline variable parsing
echo "I'd like {$var} waffles"; // = I'd like 5 waffles

// String concatenation 
echo "I'd like ".$var." waffles"; // I'd like 5 waffles

// The two examples above have the same end value...
// ... And so do the two below

// Explicit cast 
$items = (string)$var; // $items === "5";

// Function call
$items = strval($var); // $items === "5";
2020/06/26
796
6/26/2020 3:52:10 PM

There's many ways to do this.

Two examples:

 $str = (string) $int;
 $str = "$int";     

See the PHP Manual on Types Juggling for more.

2009/06/23

$foo = 5;

$foo = $foo . "";

Now $foo is a string.

But, you may want to get used to casting. As casting is the proper way to accomplish something of that sort:

$foo = 5;
$foo = (string)$foo;

Another way is to encapsulate in quotes:

$foo = 5;
$foo = "$foo"
2019/09/12

There are a number of ways to "convert" an integer to a string in PHP.

The traditional computer science way would be to cast the variable as a string:

$int = 5;
$int_as_string = (string) $int;
echo $int . ' is a '. gettype($int) . "\n";
echo $int_as_string . ' is a ' . gettype($int_as_string) . "\n";

You could also take advantage of PHP's implicit type conversion and string interpolation:

$int = 5;
echo $int . ' is a '. gettype($int) . "\n";

$int_as_string = "$int";
echo $int_as_string . ' is a ' . gettype($int_as_string) . "\n";

$string_int = $int.'';
echo $int_as_string . ' is a ' . gettype($int_as_string) . "\n";

Finally, similar to the above, any function that accepts and returns a string could be used to convert and integer. Consider the following:

$int = 5;
echo $int . ' is a '. gettype($int) . "\n";

$int_as_string = trim($int);
echo $int_as_string . ' is a ' . gettype($int_as_string) . "\n";

I wouldn't recommend the final option, but I've seen code in the wild that relied on this behavior, so thought I'd pass it along.

2019/09/12

All these answers are great, but they all return you an empty string if the value is zero.

Try the following:

    $v = 0;

    $s = (string)$v ? (string)$v : "0";
2019/11/20

Use:

$intValue = 1;
$string = sprintf('%d', $intValue);

Or it could be:

$string = (string)$intValue;

Or:

settype(&$intValue, 'string');
2019/09/12

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