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count

(PHP 4, PHP 5, PHP 7)

countCount all elements in an array, or something in an object

Description

int count ( mixed $array_or_countable [, int $mode = COUNT_NORMAL ] )

Counts all elements in an array, or something in an object.

For objects, if you have SPL installed, you can hook into count() by implementing interface Countable. The interface has exactly one method, Countable::count(), which returns the return value for the count() function.

Please see the Array section of the manual for a detailed explanation of how arrays are implemented and used in PHP.

Parameters

array_or_countable

An array or Countable object.

mode

If the optional mode parameter is set to COUNT_RECURSIVE (or 1), count() will recursively count the array. This is particularly useful for counting all the elements of a multidimensional array.

Caution

count() can detect recursion to avoid an infinite loop, but will emit an E_WARNING every time it does (in case the array contains itself more than once) and return a count higher than may be expected.

Return Values

Returns the number of elements in array_or_countable. If the parameter is not an array or not an object with implemented Countable interface, 1 will be returned. There is one exception, if array_or_countable is NULL, 0 will be returned.

Caution

count() may return 0 for a variable that isn't set, but it may also return 0 for a variable that has been initialized with an empty array. Use isset() to test if a variable is set.

Examples

Example #1 count() example

<?php
$a
[0] = 1;
$a[1] = 3;
$a[2] = 5;
$result count($a);
// $result == 3

$b[0]  = 7;
$b[5]  = 9;
$b[10] = 11;
$result count($b);
// $result == 3

$result count(null);
// $result == 0

$result count(false);
// $result == 1
?>

Example #2 Recursive count() example

<?php
$food 
= array('fruits' => array('orange''banana''apple'),
              
'veggie' => array('carrot''collard''pea'));

// recursive count
echo count($foodCOUNT_RECURSIVE); // output 8

// normal count
echo count($food); // output 2

?>

See Also

  • is_array() - Finds whether a variable is an array
  • isset() - Determine if a variable is set and is not NULL
  • empty() - Determine whether a variable is empty
  • strlen() - Get string length

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onlyranga at gmail dot com
2 years ago
[Editor's note: array at from dot pl had pointed out that count() is a cheap operation; however, there's still the function call overhead.]

If you want to run through large arrays don't use count() function in the loops , its a over head in performance,  copy the count() value into a variable and use that value in loops for a better performance.

Eg:

// Bad approach

for($i=0;$i<count($some_arr);$i++)
{
    // calculations
}

// Good approach

$arr_length = count($some_arr);
for($i=0;$i<$arr_length;$i++)
{
    // calculations
}
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danny at dannymendel dot com
9 years ago
I actually find the following function more useful when it comes to multidimension arrays when you do not want all levels of the array tree.

// $limit is set to the number of recursions
<?php
function count_recursive ($array, $limit) {
   
$count = 0;
    foreach (
$array as $id => $_array) {
        if (
is_array ($_array) && $limit > 0) {
           
$count += count_recursive ($_array, $limit - 1);
        } else {
           
$count += 1;
        }
    }
    return
$count;
}
?>
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Gerd Christian Kunze
2 years ago
Get maxWidth and maxHeight of a two dimensional array..?

Note:
1st dimension = Y (height)
2nd dimension = X (width)
e.g. rows and cols in database result arrays

<?php
$TwoDimensionalArray
= array( 0 => array( 'key' => 'value', ...), ... );
?>

So for Y (maxHeight)
<?php
$maxHeight
= count( $TwoDimensionalArray )
?>

And for X (maxWidth)
<?php
$maxWidth
= max( array_map( 'count'$TwoDimensionalArray ) );
?>

Simple? ;-)
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alexandr at vladykin dot pp dot ru
10 years ago
My function returns the number of elements in array for multidimensional arrays subject to depth of array. (Almost COUNT_RECURSIVE, but you can point on which depth you want to plunge).

<?php
 
function getArrCount ($arr, $depth=1) {
      if (!
is_array($arr) || !$depth) return 0;
        
    
$res=count($arr);
        
      foreach (
$arr as $in_ar)
        
$res+=getArrCount($in_ar, $depth-1);
     
      return
$res;
  }
?>
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pied-pierre
1 year ago
A function of one line to find the number of elements that are not arrays, recursively :

function count_elt($array, &$count=0){
  foreach($array as $v) if(is_array($v)) count_elt($v,$count); else ++$count;
  return $count;
}
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JumpIfBelow
1 year ago
As I see in many codes, don't use count to iterate through array.
Onlyranga says you could declare a variable to store it before the for loop.
I agree with his/her approach, using count in the test should be used ONLY if you have to count the size of the array for each loop.

You can do it in the for loop too, so you don't have to "search" where the variable is set.
e.g.
<?php
    $array
= [1, 5, 'element'];
    for(
$i = 0, $c = count($array); $i < $c; $i++)
       
var_dump($array[$i]);
?>
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ayyappan dot ashok at gmail dot com
7 months ago
/** Count of objects */

class ABC{ }
$objecto = new ABC();
$total = count((array)$object); //Returns Zero.
$total = count($object); //Returns One
echo $total;
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php_count at cubmd dot com
10 days ago
All the previous recursive count solutions with $depth option would not avoid infinite loops in case the array contains itself more than once.
Here's a working solution:

<?php
   
/**
     * Recursively count elements in an array. Behaves exactly the same as native
     * count() function with the $depth option. Meaning it will also add +1 to the
     * total count, for the parent element, and not only counting its children.
     * @param $arr
     * @param int $depth
     * @param int $i (internal)
     * @return int
     */
   
public static function countRecursive(&$arr, $depth = 0, $i = 0) {
       
$i++;
       
/**
         * In case the depth is 0, use the native count function
         */
       
if (empty($depth)) {
            return
count($arr, COUNT_RECURSIVE);
        }
       
$count = 0;
       
/**
         * This can occur only the first time when the method is called and $arr is not an array
         */
       
if (!is_array($arr)) {
            return
count($arr);
        }

       
// if this key is present, it means you already walked this array
       
if (isset($arr['__been_here'])) {
            return
0;
        }

       
$arr['__been_here'] = true;

        foreach (
$arr as $key => &$value) {
            if (
$key !== '__been_here') {
                if (
is_array($value) && $depth > $i) {
                   
$count += self::countRecursive($value, $depth, $i);
                }

               
$count++;
            }
        }

       
// you need to unset it when done because you're working with a reference...
       
unset($arr['__been_here']);
        return
$count;
    }
?>
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ThisIsNotImportant
11 months ago
About 2d arrays, you have many way to count elements :

<?php
$MyArray
= array ( array(1,2,3),
                  
1,
                  
'a',
                   array(
'a','b','c','d') );

// All elements
echo count($MyArray ,COUNT_RECURSIVE);  // output 11 (9 values + 2 arrays)

// First level elements
echo count($MyArray );                  // output 4 (2 values+ 2 arrays)

// Both level values, but only values
echo(array_sum(array_map('count',$MyArray ))); //output 9 (9 values)

// Only second level values
echo (count($MyArray ,COUNT_RECURSIVE)-count($MyArray )); //output 7 ((all elements) - (first elements))
?>
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