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PHP | var keyword
  • Last Updated : 26 May, 2021

The var keyword in PHP is used to declare a property or variable of class which is public by default. The var keyword is same as public when declaring variables or property of a class.
Note: The var keyword was deprecated from version 5.0.0 up to version 5.1.2. Since PHP 5.1.3 it has been added again.
Syntax: 
 

class className {
   var $variable = "GeeksforGeeks";
   // Other statements
}

Below programs illustrate the var keyword in PHP:
Program 1: This program illustrates the var keyword. 
 

php




<?php
 
// Declaring a class
class Geeks {
 
    // Using var keyword
    // to declare Public variable
    var $var1 = 'Public';
     
    // Declaring protected variable
    protected $var2 = 'Protected';
     
    // Declaring private variable
    private $var3 = 'Private';
}
 
// Creating an object
$obj = new Geeks();
 
// Calling var declared variable
echo $obj->var1 . "\n";;
 
?>

Output: 
 

Public

Program 2: This program illustrates the var and public keyword. 
 

php




<?php
 
// Declaring a class
class Geeks {
 
    // Using var keyword
    // to declare Public variable
    var $var1 = 'Var Public';
     
    // Using public keyword
    // to declare Public variable
    public $var2 = 'Public';
 
}
 
// Creating an object
$obj = new Geeks();
 
// Calling var declared variable
echo $obj->var1 . "\n";
 
// Calling public declared variable
echo $obj->var2 . "\n";;
 
?>

Output: 
 



Var Public
Public

Program 3: This program demonstrating the error while calling private variables. 
 

php




<?php
 
// Declaring a class
class Geeks{
 
    // Using var keyword
    // to declare Public variable
    var $var1 = 'Var Public';
     
    // Using private keyword
    // to declare private variable
    private $var2 = 'Private';
 
}
 
// Creating an object
$obj = new Geeks();
 
// Calling var declared variable
echo $obj->var1 . "\n";;
 
// Calling private declared variable
// It will give error
echo $obj->var2 . "\n";;
 
?>

Output: 
 

Var Public

Error: 
 

PHP Fatal error:  Uncaught Error: Cannot access private property 
Geeks::$var2 in /home/46488c166fd1197d687867f62e03b8b8.php:24
Stack trace:
#0 {main}
  thrown in /home/46488c166fd1197d687867f62e03b8b8.php on line 24

 




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