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mb_strrposFind position of last occurrence of a string in a string


int mb_strrpos ( string $haystack , string $needle [, int $offset = 0 [, string $encoding = mb_internal_encoding() ]] )

Performs a multibyte safe strrpos() operation based on the number of characters. needle position is counted from the beginning of haystack. First character's position is 0. Second character position is 1.



The string being checked, for the last occurrence of needle


The string to find in haystack.

May be specified to begin searching an arbitrary number of characters into the string. Negative values will stop searching at an arbitrary point prior to the end of the string.

The encoding parameter is the character encoding. If it is omitted, the internal character encoding value will be used.

Return Values

Returns the numeric position of the last occurrence of needle in the haystack string. If needle is not found, it returns FALSE.


Version Description
5.2.0 Added the optional parameter offset.


Note: The encoding parameter was moved from the third position to the fourth in PHP 5.2.0. For backward compatibility, encoding can be specified as the third parameter, but doing so is deprecated and will be removed in the future.

See Also

  • mb_strpos() - Find position of first occurrence of string in a string
  • mb_internal_encoding() - Set/Get internal character encoding
  • strrpos() - Find the position of the last occurrence of a substring in a string

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User Contributed Notes 2 notes

11 years ago
mb_strrpos throws a warning if $haystack is empty.
strrpos simply returns FALSE.

This is something to be wary of if overloading the mb functions.
1 year ago
"Negative values will stop searching at an arbitrary point prior to the end of the string. " ist misleading.
The needle may not fully part of searchrange, defined by a negative offset.
A negative offsets marks the last byte, where a search could start.
= "Hallo, Herr Gött";
var_dump(strlen($test));                       // int(17)
var_dump(mb_strrpos($test,'ött',13));  // int(13)
var_dump(mb_strrpos($test,'ött',-4)); // int(13) 17-4 = 13
var_dump(mb_strrpos($test,'ött',-5)); // bool(false)
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