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PHP: serialize() function

Description

The serialize() converts a storable representation of a value.

A serialize data means a sequence of bits so that it can be stored in a file, a memory buffer, or transmitted across a network connection link.

Version:

(PHP 4 and above)

Syntax:

serialize(value1)

Parameter:

Name Description Required /
Optional
Type
value1 The value to be serialized Required Mixed*

*Mixed: Mixed indicates that a parameter may accept multiple (but not necessarily all) types.

Return value:

A string.

Value Type: String.

Example:

<?php
$serialized_data = serialize(array('Math', 'Language', 'Science'));
echo  $serialized_data . '<br>';
?>

Output:

a:3:{i:0;s:4:"Math";i:1;s:8:"Language";i:2;s:7:"Science";}

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See also

PHP Function Reference

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