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PHP: array_shift() function

PHP: Shift an element off the beginning of array

The array_shift() function is used to remove the first element from an array, and returns the value of the removed element.

All numerical array keys will be modified to start counting from zero while literal keys won't be touched.

Version:

(PHP 4 and above)

Syntax:

array_shift(array_name)

Parameter:

Name Description Required /
Optional
Type
array_name The specified array. Required Array

Return value:

The removed value from array_name or NULL if array_name is empty.

Value Type: Mixed*

*Mixed : Mixed indicates multiple (but not necessarily all) types.

Example:

<?php
$fruits_list = array(0 => 'Orange', 1=> 'Apple', 2 => 'Banana',3 => 'Cherry');
$result= array_shift($fruits_list);
print_r($fruits_list);
echo '</br>'.$result;
?>

Output:

Array ([0] => Apple [1] => Banana [2] => Cherry ) 
Orange

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See also

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