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  • Last Updated : 26 Jul, 2019
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The preg_replace() function is an inbuilt function in PHP which is used to perform a regular expression for search and replace the content.


preg_replace( $pattern, $replacement, $subject, $limit, $count )

Parameters: This function accepts five parameters as mention above and describe below.

  • $pattern: This parameter contains the string element which is used to search the content and it can be a string or array of string.
  • $replacement: It is mandatory parameter which specifies the string or an array with strings to replace.
  • $subject: The string or an array with strings to search and replace.
  • $limit: This parameter specifies the maximum possible replacements for each pattern.
  • $count: It is optional parameter. This variable will be filled with the number of replacements done.

Return Value: This function returns an array if the subject parameter is an array, or a string otherwise.

Below programs illustrate the preg_replace() function in PHP:

Program 1:

// PHP program to illustrate 
// preg_replace function
$string = 'November 01, 2018';
$pattern = '/(\w+) (\d+), (\d+)/i';
$replacement = '${1} 02, $3';
// print output of function
echo preg_replace($pattern, $replacement, $string);


November 02, 2018

Program 2 :

// PHP program to illustrate 
// preg_replace function
$subject = array('1', 'GFG', '2',
'Geeks', '3', 'GCET', 'Contribute', '4'); 
$pattern = array('/\d/', '/[a-z]/', '/[1a]/'); 
$replace = array('X:$0', 'Y:$0', 'Z:$0'); 
// Print Result return by function
echo "preg_replace returns\n";
print_r(preg_replace($pattern, $replace, $subject)); 


preg_replace returns
    [0] => X:Z:1
    [1] => GFG
    [2] => X:2
    [3] => GY:eY:eY:kY:s
    [4] => X:3
    [5] => GCET
    [6] => CY:oY:nY:tY:rY:iY:bY:uY:tY:e
    [7] => X:4

Program 3:

// PHP program to illustrate 
// preg_replace function
$count = 0;
// Display result after replace and count 
echo preg_replace(array('/\d/', '/\s/'),
        '*', 'Geeks 4 Geeks', -1, $count);
echo "\n" . $count;




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