PHP mysqli: character_set_name() function

mysqli_character_set_name() function / mysqli::character_set_name

The mysqli_character_set_name() function / mysqli::character_set_name returns the default character set for the database connection.


Object oriented style

string mysqli::character_set_name ( void )

Procedural style

string mysqli_character_set_name ( mysqli $link )

Usage: Procedural style



Name Description Required/Optional
connection Specifies the MySQL connection to use. Required

Return value:

Returns TRUE on success or FALSE on failure.

Version: PHP 5, PHP 7

Example of object oriented style:

/* Open a connection */
$mysqli = new mysqli("localhost", "user1", "datasoft123", "hr");

/* check connection */
if (mysqli_connect_errno()) {
    printf("Connect failed: %s\n", mysqli_connect_error());

/* Print current character set */
$charset = $mysqli->character_set_name();
printf ("Current character set is %s\n", $charset);



Current character set is latin1

Example of procedural style:

/* Open a connection */
$link = mysqli_connect("localhost", "user1", "datasoft", "hr");

/* check connection */
if (!$link) {
    printf("Connect failed: %s\n", mysqli_connect_error());

/* Print current character set */
$charset = mysqli_character_set_name($link);
printf ("Current character set is %s\n",$charset);

/* close connection */


Connect failed: Access denied for user 'user1'@'localhost' (using password: YES)

See also

PHP Function Reference

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