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PHP | strlen() Function

  • Difficulty Level : Basic
  • Last Updated : 31 Jul, 2021

The strlen() is a built-in function in PHP which returns the length of a given string. It takes a string as a parameter and returns its length. It calculates the length of the string including all the whitespaces and special characters.

Syntax:

strlen($string)

Parameters: The strlen() function accepts only one parameter $string which is mandatory. This parameter represents the string whose length is needed to be returned.

Return Value: The function returns the length of the $string including all the whitespaces and special characters.

Examples:



Input : "abc"
Output : 3

Input : "\n chetna ;"
Output : 10
Explanation : '\n' is considered as a single character
              as it is an escape sequence.

Input : "geeks for geeks" 
Output :15

Below programs illustrate the strlen() function in PHP:

Program 1: The below program demonstrates the use of strlen() function in PHP.




<?php
    // PHP program to find the 
    // length of a given string 
      
    $str = "geeks for geeks";
      
    // prints the length of the string 
    // including the space 
    echo strlen($str);
?> 

Output:

15

Program 2: The below program demonstrates the use of strlen() function in PHP where the string has special characters and escape sequences.




<?php
    // PHP program to find the 
    // length of a given string which has 
    // special characters
      
    $str = "\n chetna ;";
      
    // here '\n' has been counted as 1 
    echo strlen($str);
?>

Output:

10

Reference:
http://php.net/manual/en/function.strlen.php

PHP is a server-side scripting language designed specifically for web development. You can learn PHP from the ground up by following this PHP Tutorial and PHP Examples.




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