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How to check whether a variable is null in PHP ?

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  • Last Updated : 17 Nov, 2021
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We have given a variable and the task is to check whether the value of given variable is null or not and returns a Boolean value using PHP. To check a variable is null or not, we use is_null() function. A variable is considered to be NULL if it does not store any value. It returns TRUE if value of variable $var is NULL, otherwise, returns FALSE.


boolean is_null( $var )



// PHP Program to check whether
// a variable is null or not?
$var1 = NULL;
$var2 = "\0"; // "\0" means null character
$var3 = "NULL";
// $var1 has NULL value, so always give TRUE
is_null($var1) ? print_r("True\n") : print_r("False\n");
// $var2 has '\0' value which consider as null in
// c and c++ but here taken as string, gives FALSE
is_null($var2) ? print_r("True\n") : print_r("False\n");
// $var3 has NULL string value so it will false
is_null($var3) ? print_r("True\n") : print_r("False\n");


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