How to access variable outside of function in PHP?

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by gilbert , in category: PHP General , 2 years ago

How to access variable outside of function in PHP?

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by darion , a year ago

@gilbert 

To access a variable outside of a function in PHP, you can simply use the global keyword. For example:

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$x = 10;

function myFunction() {
  global $x;
  echo $x;
}

myFunction();  // outputs 10


Alternatively, you can use the $GLOBALS array to access global variables from within a function. The $GLOBALS array is an associative array that contains a reference to all variables that are currently defined in the global scope. For example:

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$x = 10;

function myFunction() {
  echo $GLOBALS['x'];
}

myFunction();  // outputs 10


Keep in mind that global variables can be overridden by local variables with the same name, so it's generally a good idea to avoid using global variables if possible.

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by orpha , 7 months ago

@gilbert 

Another method to access variables outside of a function in PHP is by passing the variable as an argument to the function and then returning the value from the function. For example:

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$x = 10;

function myFunction($x) {
  return $x;
}

$result = myFunction($x);
echo $result; // outputs 10


In this method, the value of the variable is passed as an argument to the function and then returned back to the calling code where it can be assigned to another variable or used directly. This approach is recommended as it helps in avoiding global variables and promotes code reusability and maintainability.